Happy Mother’s Day to the creative moms who put together amazing kid’s parties with helium balloons and theme cakes and giant inflatable bounce castles. And happy Mother’s Day to the slightly less creative, who book the bowling alley at the last minute, buy a grocery store cake, and hand out Kitkat bars in lieu of treat bags. Because you know what? Kids love bouncy castles but they also love bowling and full-size chocolate bars.
Happy Mother’s Day to the nutrition conscious moms who make their own hummus and pack school lunches in fancy bento boxes. And happy Mother’s Day to those that send ham and cheese sandwiches every day, along with ziplock baggies full of Goldfish Crackers and a couple of slightly stale Oreos. Because no matter what you do, the little buggers will eventually morph into teenagers. They will leave lunch bags filled with uneaten food in their school locker until everything is green and fuzzy, and they will live on nothing but carbohydrates and dead cow.
Happy Mother’s Day to the germ-conscious moms who carry hand sanitizer and miniature packets of Kleenex in their purses. And Happy Mother’s Day to the moms who take a more laissez-faire approach, embracing the 3-second-rule and spit cleaning dirty faces. Because no matter what you do, they are still going to throw up in the car at least once and probably come home from school with a head full of lice at some point.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms who worry that they aren’t doing everything right. Because we ALL worry about that.
In the end, our children won’t remember exactly what they ate for lunch when they were in grade 3, and they will probably forgive us for saying ‘no’ when they begged to set up a lemonade stand for the third day in a row.
What they will remember is our essence – the way we made them feel safe and loved and important. So Happy Mother’s Day to all of us who are out there everyday, swinging for the fences – trying and succeeding – trying and failing – but always trying!