A Facebook friend posted the following as her status, which I promptly stole.....
3 Years old: My mom is the best!
7 years old: Mom I love you.
10 years old: Mom whatever
17 years old: OMG my mom is so annoying.
18 years old: I wanna leave this house
35 years old: I wanna go back to my mom's house.
50 years old: I don't wanna lose my mom.
70 years old: I would give up everything for my mom to be here with me.
♥ I appreciate my mom
There is a tremendous amount to complain about as a mom...the job at times is thankless. As a mom of young kids, I do get lots of slobbery kisses and cuddles, but I am also treated, at times, like less than a slave. There is no end to the demands, day and night, that young children place on a mom. Sometimes I hear, "Mommy, I want," or "Get me...." entirely too many times during the course of an hour.
But I also know that there is just something about a mom that children cling to, regardless of their age. The security of mom. The comfort of mom. The unconditional support that is mom. And this is, in part, why I have never been terribly eager to think about my children moving beyond their needy, young childhood phase. Even though it is terribly limiting for me as a person, it is also a period of time in which I am as close to being a god as I'll ever be.
On a regular basis my mom comes to my house to "babysit" me, as I call it. Usually this comes when I've been dealing with sick kids and been trapped inside for days at a time. And I am 37 years old.
There will never be a time when I don't need my mom.
And there will never be a time when my kids don't need me.....even though they might not admit as much.
It is an awesome responsibility.