To the Mothers Who Made Me
Editor's Note: With Mother's Day coming, we are writing Letters to Fellow Moms as part of our Mother's Day Eve celebration. Join us. -Jenna
To the mothers who made me the mother I am, thank you.
You are the mothers who have taught me that a little patience goes a long way, especially in public. You're the mothers who keep their cool when faced with total chaos. I admire your composure. I make it a point to try to emulate you. You are also the mothers who totally lose it in public. I don't judge you, but I do take note. I don't want to look like that. Try harder. Be more. Dig deep for patience.
You are the mothers who speak easily and freely to your teens. I want that. I want it with everything that I am. I watch you and I try to learn from you in hopes that someday I will have that. You are also the mothers who push their kids away with cutting words and unintended insults. I don't judge you, but I know I don't want to be you. I try to learn from your mistakes so that I don't travel the same path. I try harder. I thank you for that.
You are the mothers who taught me that it's silly to count to three. If I want Alexis to do something, she needs to do it the first time I ask, not after I have warned her multiple times. You taught me that I will get what I expect, so expect good behavior all of the time. You are also the mothers who make threats and more threats and more threats and never actually make good on those threats. You remind me that follow-through matters. You motivate me to follow through on my threats the first time and that sometimes consequences suck, but they are important.
You are the mothers who are present and you are the mothers who are absent. You are the mothers who make it look easy and you are the mothers who wear their struggles like a badge. You are the mothers who have it all and the mothers who have nothing.
I learn from all of you.
You all make me better.
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