Our daughter Kelly with her Grandma Ruth; KaeLynn and Nathaniel. Summer 2009.
Many of you will remember that nearly all of TV commercials were revolved around the "ultimate" Mom when we were growing up. She always knew the "right" brand of peanut butter to buy, the best laundry detergents and other household accessories.
We knew that Moms knew best, because TV said so. They tucked us in with Vicks Vapo Rub and Children's Aspirin when we had a fever. Our sheets and towels were soft With Downey and our shirts were bright white and starched to perfection.
Some things cannot be learned from a TV commercial. Being a mother involves more than just product placement. We are tested constantly during our children's growing up years. We take a beating emotionally when our children realize that there is a big old world out there waiting to be explored.
As we watch them walk confidently to the bus stop on their first day of school, we know that nothing will ever be the same. Their boo-boos will only require band-aids and not loving kisses. In their teen years, they become too big to sit on your lap to discuss their broken hearts.
It is only, when your children become parents themselves, that they begin to appreciate the calling of true motherhood. All of those stormy promises that you heard over the years will not come true. Their kids will not be allowed to stay up all night or go to the mall either just because someone else's mother let their friends do it.
Yes, the only thing that a mother can do for her children as they step out into the world, is pray. She can offer her counsel and set boundaries and hope that it will be accepted by her children.
And then, she must be very very patient and let go. She must trust that God will hold them in His Hands and keep them safe. Lots of Prayer and Patience.
We don't have forever to tell our mothers how much we love and appreciate them. We only have today.
I am so thankful for the Moms in my life. On the days that I get stretched so thin from work, home and life's other issues; I reflect on how fortunate I am-that my Moms are just a phone call away.
Appreciating our mothers is not about an expensive card, or dinner. They don't need diamonds or gift cards. They only need our company.
Hug your mother tight today. And be sure to include all of the other women who are mothers in your life too.
Happy Mother's Day Everyone! Happy Mother's Day, Mom, Merva and Ruth.