Becoming a parent is one of the most rewarding & challenging roles we are gifted in this thing we call life. It is a lifelong commitment, a journey filled with tremendous responsibility. It is journey I wouldn’t trade for anything.
There are days when we question our very ability to raise humans beings. Days when we feel we have most likely failed in some way, not quite measuring up to the parent we think we should be.
That is the funny thing about parenting. Regardless of the copious amounts of resources available, when it comes right down to it, babies do not come with a manual.
Each & every child is an individual, developing their own unique path as they explore life. There is no fool proof recipe to ensure the path to success.
We attempt to teach our children to be good people, to understand the difference between right & wrong, to use sound judgement & to make good decisions as they move forward in their lives. We try to give them all of the proper tools needed to manage life.
Some days it feels like a crap shoot.
Then along comes, what I call a “Mommie moment.” A moment when your child or children fill your heart with so much love, you feel like it might just explode.
I am not referring to those moments parents experience when our hearts burst with pride because our children have accomplished a great task. Those are a given.
I am talking about those quiet little moments when your children simply reveal who they are as human beings.
It is in those “Mommie moments” we realise, despite our misgivings about how we may have failed as parents, we have somehow managed to raise kind, empathetic, beautiful human beings.
I am blessed with two such grown children. They reminded me this week of the amazing people they have become. Their capacity to express love & kindness fills my heart beyond measure.
To know that in some way, we have had a small part in developing these beautiful people is truly the most amazing gift a parent can receive.
J & K, I am so very proud of the caring individuals you have become. There is not a day that goes by that I am not grateful for having you in my life. Your love & support does not go unnoticed. Ever. I love you both to the moon!