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An Ode to Mom – My first Mother’s Day

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As Mother’s Day is drawing near, I can’t help but think about how lucky I am to be a mom. I’m celebrating my very first Mother’s Day this year, and while I’m so excited, and honored that I can now be a part of this amazing group of women I know, love and respect, I also want to reflect on the many lessons I’ve learned in just this short period of time. So here it is, an Ode to my mom – and all the mom’s out there, on Mother’s Day!

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Mom,

I just want to tell you – I get it now. While I might not get all of it at this point, I do somewhat understand what it’s like to be a mom. I always wondered if I would hear myself say those words, and now I’m excited and honored to be a part of this amazing journey we call Motherhood.

Remember all those sleepless nights? I get it now. I understand the sacrifice that you made for myself, and my siblings, working, providing for, and making sure that we were nurtured in the best way that you could. You did all these things while staying strong, and trying to keep a smile on your face at all times.

Remember all those missed, or cold meals you had? I get it now. There are times when you would have rather been entertaining your friends and family at gatherings, or times when you were hungry, but we needed you more. You went without those meals, or ate them later, because you love us, and you knew that these times would also pass. You smiled, and rolled with the punches, and never let it get the best of you.

Remember being happy that we were growing and developing, but sad at the same time? I get it now. You were so excited that we were growing, and learning new things, but at the same time, your babies, your children were growing up into their own people, creating their own personalities, and becoming the independent people that we are today. You smiled, laughed, and cried with us all. And did it in the most gracious and loving ways.

Remember thinking that this is the hardest, most tiring, most stressful, but most rewarding job of all time? I get it now. Being a Mother is the hardest, most tiring, stressful job I’ve ever had, and ever witnessed you do. You did it the best way that you knew how, and you did it with a smile on your face. You showed up when it seemed everyone else was walking out, and you have always been by our sides.

Remember that word you always used – Balance? I get it now. I know that you had to balance a job, family, home, and all the other tasks that you took on, all while making sure that we were safe and taken care of. You did it, and you were always there for games, practices, and whatever else we were a part of. You did all of these things, and you did them all with the highest level of integrity, and devotion, daily.

So mom, I just want you to know, after all these years. Thank you. Thank you for being one of the best role models that you could be. Thank you for teaching me valuable lessons on how to be the best mom that I can be. Thank you for sticking by my side, and thank you for being so loving, nurturing, and understanding.

Oh, and mom. I get it now.

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Listen to the children

We have a new President now. Donald Trump was Inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States on January 20th, 2017. A day that will go down in the history books. Whether you agree with this or not, it happened, and we- as the people- need to figure out a common ground. While I was watching the Inauguration- and a post interview with children from the 5th grade, I had to stop and listen to some of the things that they were saying.

First and foremost- these are our children. The children of our future, there is no other way around that. MY child- even at 4 months old, is one of those children of the future. She can be WHATEVER she wants to be. I, as I’m sure her father will agree, hope that she never holds back, and fights for what she wants and believes. (I also hope that she wants to be something that will make us rich and famous- JUST KIDDING! )

What these children were saying spoke volumes to me. They said they were scared. They wanted to live in a world where there was less hate, and people got along. They didn’t want discrimination. WHAT? These are 5th graders!! I can PROMISE you when I was in 5th grade, I was more concerned about the fact that I had moved from Michigan to Memphis, Tennessee a year before than whether there was hate and discrimination in my life.

Do I blame the media? HELL YEAH I DO! With the media, SOCIAL media, and everything else we are focused on it’s easy to say that these children are picking up on our opposing views, and they aren’t happy about it. We have to stop this. We are adults.

Stop the bickering, stop the fighting, stop the name calling. Do you argue with your partner at home? Do you argue with co-workers? Do you let your children see this? If the answer is NO, then why do you feel it’s acceptable to argue with random strangers on social media, or in public, while in front of your children? How else do you think they are hearing these things? There is a fine line between “healthy” arguments, or disagreements than what is happening now.

So please, AMERICA, if we can’t agree on anything else, can we PLEASE agree that if you don’t want to come together- that’s cool- but can we unite and stop doing these things in front of our children. FOR OUR CHILDREN!

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