I recently went on holiday with six other women – it was a Christmas present from my husband and kids, which now is in the top five of best gifts ever (behind jewellery, of course)! It was an interesting experience, as I only knew one of the women, my friend Tracy, who had invited me.
What made it so interesting is how, even though I knew hardly anyone, we all connected over our shared experiences of motherhood. The first night in our villa, we all had supper together and a few glasses of wine, and we simply talked about ourselves, our husbands, and our children. Our stories flowed, along with the laughter and a few tears, and we bonded over our stories from the frontlines of motherhood. There are some “Mom “experiences that are universal – I don’t care what anyone says, we all have times of joy and laughter; struggle and frustration; guilt and shame, but the experiences we have shape and strengthen us in ways we’ve never thought possible.
Being a Mom is probably the hardest job I do – you never know from one day to the next where the journey will take you. There have been many times I’ve phoned my Mother and apologized for my behaviour as a child, when one of my three boys does something that brings a memory of my own from childhood racing back. My Mother is always very gracious, reflecting with humor and love over whatever childhood indiscretion I’ve called her about. I suppose time gives us all the gift of perspective … secretly, I’m looking forward to a few phone calls in the future from my kids, so I can fondly reminisce!
No matter how you celebrate this Mother’s Day, we want you all to remember to look for the joy in the day. Being a Mom brings you face to face with yourself, and at times it may be terrifying, but it is a great gift that makes us stronger than we ever thought was possible.
Happy Mother’s Day!