To the mother pulling the wagon,
I saw you the other day while I was walking my dogs. You were walking too, and pulling a wagon around a cul-de-sac with some little ones inside. I don’t know you, but I thought about the sacrifices you have made to be the one pulling that wagon around that cul-de-sac. I wanted to run up to you and say ‘Good job! What you’re doing right now matters!’
It caused me to think of the many stay-at-home moms who have surrendered the opportunity, at least for a season (that I’m sure sometimes seems never-ending), the opportunity to pursue a career, be challenged in the work-place, bring home a paycheck, and have a reason to pull on slacks instead of jeans. You don’t necessarily get to talk to other adults on a daily basis, or have a lunch break where you get to eat your own food without someone asking for a bite!
To the ones who have had the option, chosen, and sacrificed to be home full time, I applaud you. I think you’re terrific. Really, you’re amazing. To take the time out to shape, lead and nurture your little ones in this way is something to cheer about. You are a superstar!
Sometimes it’s lonely. Sometimes you feel like you are missing out on so much. But it’s worth it. So worth it.
Happy Mother’s Day!
(A note to working moms coming soon!)
I also recently wrote Mother’s Day Gifts over here.