My Mom is an amazing woman… I mean, she would have to be, right… to deal with all the stuff I threw in her direction as I was growing up? I was always getting hurt… depending on who you talk to, I was either accident prone or a consummate dare-devil with no fear. (In case you are wondering, I go with the dare-devil/no fear approach — I’m not sure what Mom would say.)
When I was 5 years old I tripped and hit my head on the corner of a concrete step, which resulted in several stitches to my forehead. I was still young and my proclivity to dare-devilness/accidents hadn’t fully manifested itself yet until this point in my life. Mom rushed me to the emergency room and just tossed me into the doctor’s arms and in a panic said, “Here, you take him!” He calmed her down and stitched me up.
Ten years later during one of my more impressive dare-devil feats my face contacted a tree at about 45MPH while sledding down a homemade toboggan run. My nose wasn’t just broken… it was smashed… my braces punched clear through my lower lips, and I had a pretty good concussion… at least that is what the three emergency room doctors who must have been triplets told me.
When I stumbled into the house with blood streaming down the front of myself from my frying-pan-flat face, I half expected Mom to freak out, but by now… yeah… she was used to me. “What did you do? Lie down on the floor so that we can get this bleeding stopped.” She was as matter of fact as saying, “I think you washed something red with your underwear and socks in the washing machine because now they are all pink.”
Today, I am grateful for Moms who are teachers, counselors, cheerleaders, nurses, referees, tutors, coaches, waitresses, maids, cooks and best friends. What you do for your children is beyond measure, weight or remuneration. Thank you for all you do! Happy Mother’s Day!
At the same time, I know that sometimes Mother’s Day can be a challenge for others. Perhaps a mother has recently passed away… perhaps motherhood hasn’t been an option or perhaps mom just wasn’t what you had hoped she would be. If that is the case for you, may God grant you peace and comfort. While we don’t always understand God’s working in and around our lives, we can be assured that he loves us and has good plans for us.
And Mom? You will be happy to know that I have not needed stitches for quite some time… at least… since I have discovered the wonder of super glue…