Being a mom is a practice of living out one cliché after another. Starting with pregnancy — the cravings, arched-back walk and swollen ankles — all the way to the empty nest syndrome, it seems as a mom I’ve never utter a single original phrase to my kids.
In the last 24-hours I’ve said to my two kids:
“Don’t make me come in there!”
“Who tracked in all of this mud?”
“I don’t wont either of you to talk, touch or even look at each other the rest of the day.”
“I have told you a million time not to (…eat gold fish out of the box, watch TV while doing homework, take the dog on the trampoline). “
It just happens. I’m a better person for it.
When I was pregnant with my first child, Emily, my girlfriend Jill said to me, “I’m happy for you, but I’m also sad,” Um, what? Everyone else was showering congratulations. Jill, always coming through with great perspective, continued: “As soon as you hold your baby in your arms for the first time your heart will forever be open to the most imence joy ever, but also be open to the most pain.”
She was so right. Motherhood can be enormously gratifying and has given me more happiness than I could have ever imagined, but the worry can be crippling at time and the sacrifice and patience required can sometimes feel too much to bear. Even through all of that it’s the best job I ever had…and there is another cliché that rings true.
This month’s Celebrate Mom’s issue is the first of what we hope will be an annual issue. The ten moms featured in this issue are super moms or better than any other mom, they are simply local moms who we hope will inspire and encourage others who are working in the field of motherhood.
We will be taking nominations all year at OCFamily.com or moms who you think deserve to be celebrated. Please share your stories of motherhood by choosing the Celebrate Moms button on our website and submitting your nominee.