We Love YOU to Pieces.
Counselor. Coach. Chef. Chauffeur. Hero. Nurse. Teacher. First my mother, forever my friend. Home is where MOM is, and the love begins. We appreciate, applaud, and forever love YOU!
Everyone loves a good story. We love to see a great movie. We love a good dinner, good conversation, a good song, and a good friend. Yet amongst all of these, we REALLY love our moms and children. I have often said, “If I could be half the mom my mother was, then I would be doing great.” My mother died over twenty years ago, but the love and bond we shared still lives in my heart. Regardless of the strong connection we shared, my mom would kindly remind me that she was not my friend, but rather she was my mother. After becoming a mom, myself, I realized that she was first my mother, forever my friend, and in fact my very, best friend!
The journey of motherhood is filled with emotions, laughter, love, frustrations and fun. The bond that is shared between mother and child penetrates deep into our hearts. The bond starts at an incredibly early age and evolves into a connection that endures a lifetime. It starts with admiration and protection. When our children reach the age of four, their perception of us is that we are superheroes (which we are). As they move into the school age years, we help them develop a concept of themselves and they begin to understand and appreciate others. We model a sense of responsibility, teach them how to respect others, and coach them through building relationships. As mothers, we are our child’s first partner, teaching them the “right” steps in the dance of life.
During the tender years of seven to eleven, our children believe we know a lot … a whole lot (which we do)! Once the pre-teen and early teen phase sets in, we suddenly know nothing at all…or so they think. During these years, our children believe we are hopelessly old-fashioned, way out of date and well, just not cool anymore. Children in their twenties start thinking perhaps mother does know something (so true; so true). Somewhere between the age of twenty-five and thirtyfive our children want and need us to be their closest “friend.” At thirty-five, children believe they need to get mom’s opinion before making almost any decision and by the age of forty-five, they simply think to themselves, “What would my mom do, think, or say in this situation?”
Although many aspects of the mother-child relationship changes over time, certain things remain the same. Through all the years, as mothers, we will forever influence our children and a certain truth will remain constant and stand the test of time: the mother-child bond will be one of the most important relationships we ever share. Whether you are a new mother, supporting and guiding your child through the school years, growing up with your child as a young mother, navigating through adolescence or caring for each other in the latter years, you cannot deny the bond.
The relationship is strengthened by overcoming obstacles and facing fears and challenges together. The unique relationship is filled with hugs, laughter, sacrifice and tears. Each moment our child experiences joy, there is a silent joy shared with us. As much as we give as mothers, our children give back to us sevenfold. A neverending, unconditional love that is both given and received.
We hold our children’s hands for what seems to be such a short period of time, but we hold their hearts forever. In life, it is hard enough finding a true friend whom we can trust, admire, and love. But when that friend also happens to be your mother, we are so fortunate and blessed beyond our dreams. To all the “AUSOME” MOMS, keep doing all that you do, we love and appreciate YOU!! .
“Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.”
Danny – age 7
“During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my mommy waving and smiling. She was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.”
Cindy – age 8
“Love is when mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.”
Elaine – age 5
“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.”
Chris – age 7
“If you want to learn to love better, my mom says you should start with a friend who you hate.”
Nikka – age 6
“You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget. Even mothers.”
Jessica – age 8