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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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23 comments

Janine Huldie said...

I seriously couldn't agree more and somehow as tired as I am from those wakeup calls, I still couldn't imagine it any other way now! Thanks again for linking up with us again this week!! :)

Kristi Campbell said...

This is beautiful. I'm thankful to be a mom, too. So very thankful, even when I'm woken up in the quiet dark hours meant for sleeping. Hearing "mom" means that he loves me. That he's mine. I really enjoyed how you finished this sentence!

Jessica Smock said...

This is perfect. I feel just the same way. (And, yes, I was even up at 4 a.m. too with a toddler boy.) I'm grateful and sometimes so sad that my little boy is growing up!

Michelle Nahom said...

I am thankful to be a mom too...especially when my twelve year old tells me he loves me...which he pretty much does on a daily basis! I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts!

donofalltrades.com said...

Awe, good stuff. When I'm having a crapper of a day at work, I always take a second to look forward to knowing that when I go to get the boys from daycare, they will see me, smile and then yell daddy before running over to hug my leg. Best part of my day and it cheers me up every.single.time!

Tarana Khan said...

Thank you, Janine, happy you could relate :)

Tarana Khan said...

Thanks, always love linking up with you!

Tarana Khan said...

I think it's wonderful that your 12 year-old appreciates you so much. I hope you make it through the teen years!

Tarana Khan said...

Oh, me too. And they grow up so fast too!

The Dose of Reality said...

Such a beautiful post. I feel like being a mother is without a doubt the hardest, yet most rewarding job I have ever had.-Ashley

Tarana Khan said...

Their affection is so heart-melting, isn't it? Makes me forget all my worries!

Tarana Khan said...

Thanks Ashley!

Kelly Mckenzie said...

I agree that being a mother is one of the hardest jobs ever but the rewards are the best. When my two were little and needed me in the middle of the night I found great comfort in the fact that I knew we weren't the only ones awake. Somewhere out there, probably in my own neighbourhood, someone was up with their little one too.

Tarana Khan said...

That's a good thought, I'll try to remember that next time I'm up at night!

GJT said...

What a sweet post, and definitely puts things in perspective on those hard days. I often forget, usually when I'm knee deep in dealing with an epic meltdown that's lasted for-ev-er, that my daughter is still very little, and most often she just wants her feelings validated by me.

Tarana Khan said...

I think I wrote this as a reminder to myself, when I feel like I can't handle it anymore. You're right about them wanting us to validate those feelings - sometimes we just don't see it.

Victoria Welton said...

I so totally agree with this. The hardest but most rewarding job in the world! Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

Mommy's Heart said...

Very true TK. All of it.. I wouldn't change a thing. Having my children is the greatest blessing of my life.

Tarana Khan said...

You summed it up well, Victoria!

Tarana Khan said...

They are truly blessings. Thanks for stopping by, Vinma!

Actually Mummy... said...

It really is a complete paradox - some of the worst moments ever mixed with some all time highs :)

Tarana Khan said...

Yes, it can make you laugh and cry at the same time! Thanks for stopping by.

gina caro said...

Aww that is such a lovely post, thank you for sharing. :-)

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