Thursday, May 6, 2010

To the Moms and Dads

As I visited the doctor's office and ER this week with my sick kiddos, I came across this poem and have thought of it often. I have also thought of all the parents (not just moms) and grandparents of those kids that have to struggle everyday. Diabetes, cystic fibrosis, disabled and diseased children and the parents that care for them. You are angels and I pray that God gives you the strength each day to continue to support and love your children. I thought even more of my mom and the many sleepness nights she spent with me as a child as I grasped for each breath while having an asthma attack. How I never knew what that felt like until now, as a mom myself. 

All I had to deal with was a viral rash and a first trip to the ER. For those of you that go through so much more, I honor you. Much love.

author unknown

Before I was a Mom;
I made and ate hot meals,
I had unstained clothing,
I brushed my hair every day,
I had quiet conversations on the phone,
I slept as late as I wanted and I slept all night long.

Before I was a Mom;
I cleaned my house each day,
I never tripped over toys or forgot lullabies,
I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous,
I had never been puked on, pooped on, spit on, chewed on, peed on, or pinched by tiny fingers.

Before I was a Mom;
I never thought about immunizations,
I never held a screaming child so the doctors could give shots,
I never looked into teary eyes and cried,
I never felt my heart break into pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt,
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.

Before I was a Mom;
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put it down,
I never sat up late hours of the night watching a baby sleep,
I never got up in the middle of the night to make sure everything was okay,
I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.

Before I was a Mom;
I had complete control of my mind, my thoughts and my body,
I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside of my body,
I didn't know that having something so small could make me feel so important,
I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment, or the satisfaction of being a mom.

Before I was a Mom;
I never knew that something so small could effect my life so much,
I never knew that I could love someone so much,
I never knew I would love being a Mom,
I didn't know the bond between a Mother and her child,
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Being a Mom is truly the most rewarding thing you will ever experience. You are blessed to be one. You are an awesome Mom.