Today as my youngest child turns 26, I reflect back on what motherhood has done to my life. From the moment my first child was born almost 29 years ago, my life has never been the same. They have been the reason I wake up in the morning, cry at the slightest joy or sorrow, and know that this is why I continue to go on each day.
As someone who has lost both her parents and am an only child, these thoughts are even stronger for me. At the end of the day, it’s my children and my husband that are at the essence of my being. I am so blessed to have them both and will always reflect on raising my children as the best part of my life.
I have had a career in advertising, I am currently an elementary school teacher and I am a wife, cousin and aunt as well. The word “mother” is the most important tag I have given myself. Yes, it is not always easy. Children hurt your feelings and don’t always make the same decisions you want them to, but in the end they are the essence of your life. They are the reflection of you that will carry on long after you are gone. I remember my own mother and how she cherished the ground I walked on even as I was a much older adult. The love you feel when that baby is placed in your arms never goes away.
As a mother I would give up everything for their happiness and wish that I can take away all their sorrows. I want to be there for every joy as well as every bump in the road to help them through. There is no deeper love than a mother’s love. And no greater joy in your life. Happy Birthday baby girl.