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May 13, 2014

Kali Davies-Anderson: A (belated) Mother’s Day tribute worth waiting for

NEW CASTLE — In honor of Mother’s Day:

You know you’re a mom (or aunt, or grandma or any other caretaker of children) WHEN:

•The sound of your alarm clock is not nearly as harrowing as that of a whining 2-year-old.

•You spend 10 to 12 hours a day asking people if they need to pee.

•Sleeping “through the night” means midnight to 5 a.m. because quite frankly, that is the best one can hope for.

•Kisses from your children are the only ones that trump the ones in the silver wrappers.

•A trip to the grocery store would not be complete without a toy or two.

•The only books you read are large, colorful and usually about animals.

•You realize that it’s hard being Santa, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.

•Emptying the dishwasher or folding clothes in a quiet room feels like a vacation.

•You come to terms with the fact that it’s OK to eat cake every night before bed if it helps you stay sane.

•You decide that amusement parks, car rides, jungle gyms, tree climbing, roller blading, baseball, football, cheerleading, dance and all other recreational activities are entirely too dangerous to participate in.

•You secretly think basket weaving is a better alternative.

•You have given up virtually every activity that you used to enjoy, but you have no resentment.

•You laugh out loud many times each day.

•You cry more than you laugh.

•Talking to yourself is not only acceptable, it is encouraged.

•Movies about struggling moms are a lot sadder than they used to be.

•Movies about struggling children are unwatchable.

•Life isn’t always fair.

•Life isn’t always easy.

•Life isn’t always hard.

This is dedicated to those who spend their days caring for others, sacrificing things that they love, giving fully of themselves, losing sleep, staying up late, climbing hills, going down slides, cooking, cleaning, encouraging and nurturing. 

No one ever said that parenting would be easy, but I happen to think that it is quite worth it, and feel very blessed to be able to do so.

Happy Mother’s Day.


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