On this Mother’s Day 2017, I am grateful for many things. I’m most grateful that my two sons are good people and they love each other. One day I’ll be gone, and knowing that they will be there for one another means everything. Like most parents, there have been many times I wasn’t the perfect parent and felt I had failed them in some way. But, they still call me just to say hi, to “run something by me”, to tell me something funny, or to simply see how we’re doing. There were times when they were young that I felt their embarrassment from something I’d said in front of their friends. There’s a certain age when everything parents say is embarrassing to a teen, and I remember thinking that when they start driving for themselves they’d never be seen with me in public ever again!
My sons became two decent, productive, honest people who care deeply about all other living creatures, and who stand up against the wrongs they see. They care about making this world a better place. I’m overwhelming happy about that. They make me proud to be their mother.
My youngest son, who had to work today, called to wish me Happy Mother’s Day and to make plans to hang out soon, and my oldest son is taking me out to the movies and dinner! Their childhood embarrassment of me, and any parenting fails I’ve committed, must have been forgiven.
So, on this Mother’s Day, I’m letting myself off the hook for not being the perfect mom. I hope you do the same. If nothing else, maybe our children will learn from our mistakes; what not to do if they become parents. I’m pretty sure my sons know I did the best I knew how. And I’m absolutely sure they know I love them.
Happy Mother’s Day.