Thankful for being a mother

Being a mother can be a thankless job. After all, you may have to wait a couple of decades before your kids have their own progeny and finally understand how hard parenting is. It is ironic that right now, I feel thankful for being a mother. And this, despite the fact that I was up at 4 AM calming a very loud toddler. Why do I feel thankful, again?

Simply because he loves me so much. Unconditionally. Simply because he's my child. I feel very lucky to have been given the opportunity to have played a role in the birth of a new life. To have been given the enormous responsibility of shaping the life of another human being. It's overwhelming, but an amazing feeling at the same time.

There are tears, but there are many smiles. There are screams, but there are kisses and hugs.

There are times when you wonder to yourself, "When will I get a minute alone?". But then, you look at your child. All he wants is to be with you, because you are the most important person to him (or her). He's putting himself through all those tears just to be held by you. He doesn't care about his toys or other people because they are nowhere near you. That's why he's having a tantrum. He just wants to be comforted, and he wants you to look at him lovingly just one more time. That's when your heart melts, and you forget your aching muscles and hold him yet again. That's motherhood.

Nothing in the world compares with it. It's a bond that begins even before your child opens his eyes. We are endowed with superpowers. We can be woken up at any time of the night after a tiring day, and still be nurturing.

Even then, we can make mistakes. But the immense faith our children have in us, and how easily they forgive those mistakes, can give us the strength back to move ahead.

Yes, motherhood is the toughest job you'll undertake. At the end of the day, though, you will be thankful for those little hands holding yours, and those little eyes closed, secure in the knowledge that you are forever watching over them. Yes, I am thankful to be a mother.

This post has been linked to Finish The Sentence Friday, Post Comment Love and The Sunday Parenting Party.

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