I am your nutritionist, meal planner, chef. Your activities planner, chauffeur, and concierge. I am your translator, your literacy coach, your walking coach, your moral compass. I am your laundress, your personal shopper. I am things there aren't even names for.
I am your gardener, who helps you push the seeds in the soil and helps you open the pea pods. I am your first teacher.
I am the one who puts the toys away where you can find them, fluffs your pillow, washes your sheets, and produces a clean lovey in time for nap or bed.
There are things I do that go unnoticed and unasked for. I do them anyway, because they make your life better.
I am never really on vacation.
I know your favorite food, your favorite color, your favorite animal, and your favorite book. I know they might be different as soon as tomorrow. Ask me tomorrow and I'll still know.
I operate 28 buckles every time I make a grocery trip. I can get perishable groceries into the fridge, diapers changed, and lunch on the table in less than fifteen minutes.
I am the luckiest, and the happiest, my days are filled with joy. I am doing the most important thing in the world. I am the most exhausted, stressed out, and overworked... and I can never quit.
My patience is not unlimited. You think it is. I do my best to find time to be me, so I can be your everything.
I drink a lot of coffee.
I teach you caution instead of fear, and I keep you safe until you've learned to do it yourself.
I put your sweater on before you shiver. I get out of bed to give you a drink of water when you call for me.
I am the embrace that makes your tears subside. I am the audience for your achievements.
I capture your life in photographs and written memories, and live it with you every day.
Before you were born, I was your world. Now you are mine.
I will always love you, forever and ever and ever.
I Am Mom.
To all Mothers - For all the ways that you are Mom - Happy Mother's Day.