Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

I just received a card from my darling daughter:
Mom, I thought about you today
while playing with my food...
...after spoiling my appetite
with cookies...
before leaving my stuff
on the floor...
to go blindly follow
my friends in whatever
they were doing                  

On the inside: God, I love being a grown-up!
There you have it!  The heart break of motherhood.  Your children are going to ignore the most valuable training you worked so hard to instill.  Rebellion is inevitable.

And you just cannot follow them around for ever insisting that they floss, drive safely, be polite, make only wise choices.  You cannot because they have totally perfect photographic recall of the times they watched you resisting these very efforts from your own mother.

Do you think that they just didn't notice all your own bad habits--the ones you thought you had so cleverly kept in check while they were around?  HA!  Your children may or may not take on your exact bad habits, but they absolutely will use them to justify their own behavior.

Actually for not being a perfect super mom, I got two pretty good kids.  I would like them as people even if I didn't have to love them because I gave birth (after hours of agonizing labor...).

And I have to admit, I got two pretty good grand kids, too.  And what could be better than taking on the grandma role while watching your daughter be the mom.


Barb said...

The Grandma roll is the best ever! Now we can watch our children going through all the worry and work... Happy Mothers Day, Olga.

Bobby Gail said...

In my large family everyone, upon leave-taking, is bombarded with lots of "Love you's." I join in with mine, but tacked on the end is always "Drive carefully!" (Can't help it!)

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Wishing you, a lovely Mother's Day Weekend.

Tabor said...

I would not change a child or grandchild and none of us are perfect, of course.

Linda Reeder said...

Great post! I love it, especially the last line!

Arkansas Patti said...

I love that card. Nice dig about the labor hours also. That can never be said enough.
Happy Mother's day.

marciamayo said...

My mother used to say "Do as I say, not as I do." I just now remembered that thanks to you.