On this Mother’s Day 2017, I’m the 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 and I remember thinking that they’d never want to 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.
Their childhood embarrassment of me, and any parenting fails I’ve committed, must have been forgiven. They don’t seem to remember my failures considering that as I am writing this, 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 called to say he would be over today to take me out to the movies and get a bite to eat!
So, on this Mother’s Day, I’m letting myself off the hook for my many failures as a parent. 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 to do. And I’m absolutely sure they know I love them.
Happy Mother’s Day.