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Happy Mother’s Day

05.09.10

Mothers work very hard. Whether or not you are a stay at home mom or a work outside the home mom, or both, you WORK! I cringe when I hear people ask me, or any other mom, “Do you work?” I feel like saying, “Are you a parent? Is your house semi-clean? Do you give a rip about anyone but yourself? Then, yes, you work, and I work!” I have recently changed my question to, “Do you work outside the home?” and sometimes, I preface that with “All mothers work…”

And one of the hardest things about being a parent is that we don’t necessarily see our hard work paying off until about…oh…30 years later! That is truly delayed gratification! Once in awhile we get a little tiny glimpse of our hard work when we hear our children say things like “thank you” without being prompted, or they want to pray before a meal because “that’s what we do!”

Being a mother is truly a blessing. It is a hard job, requires lots of patience and tons of balancing of time, resources and energy, but it is well worth it when our kids turn out to be hard-working, loving, patient people as adults.

I love this little blurb I got in a recent email. It sums it all up, right mothers? Happy Mother’s Day, no matter what age your children are:

The Images of Mother

4 YEARS OF AGE – My Mommy can do anything!
8 YEARS OF AGE – My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!
12 YEARS OF AGE – My Mother doesnÂąt know everything!
14 YEARS OF AGE – My Mother? She wouldnÂąt have a clue.
16 YEARS OF AGE – Mother? She’s so five minutes ago.
18 YEARS OF AGE – That old woman? She’s way out of date!
25 YEARS OF AGE – Well, she might know a little bit about it!
35 YEARS OF AGE – Before we decide, let’s get Mom’s opinion.
45 YEARS OF AGE – Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?
65 YEARS OF AGE – Wish I could talk it over with Mom.

Sincerely,
Jaril Faith Gallup, LCSW

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