without a multitude of cliches cropping up
or trying to sound like I know something special.
The idea of a mother’s love, to me,
is commitment, dedication, and respect.
It’s a thankless, painfully difficult job
if you do it right.
A mother’s love is confrontation, holding firm, letting go and
trusting things will work out.
hand holding, back rubbing and
It’s believing in your child, their potential
and unlimited possibility.
A mother’s love is taking a backseat to their dreams,
driving them to be courageous
It’s balancing everyone else’s needs,
and when those needs come head to head,
backing down or finding another way around.
A mother’s love is smiles, bubbles, long walks and road trips.
It’s doing whatever it takes to get it done.
It’s growing up, facing responsibilities, and
allowing them to fail.
It’s knowing what’s wrong and right and when the lines get blurred.
It’s holding them close, pushing them away, and
reeling them back in again.
It’s setting an alarm to get them out of bed,
and another to make sure they’re safely home at night.
A mother’s love is cooking, singing, digging, traveling and
trying to keep up with their emerging and varied personalities.
It’s holding their hand during a shot, caressing their feverish forehead and
wiping away tears of regret as they slide down their cheeks.
It’s nurturing dreams and quietly cultivating new ideas for their future.
It’s harnessing talent, releasing failure and helping navigate life’s lessons together.
It’s teaching them to trust and to love, to find joy and dare to be themselves.
A mother’s love is perseverance. Dedication. Honor.
Whatever it takes to bring forth a human who can walk through this world
with grit, grace and courage.
It’s convincing them they are worthy of everything the universe has to offer.
It’s showing up to life.
This post was inspired by The Dinner, a novel by Herman Koch. Two brothers and their wives sit down for a tension filled dinner to discuss a tragedy that can change both families’ lives forever. Join From Left to Write on October 29 as we discuss The Dinner. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.