Before I had kids I remember hearing the phrase, “You’ll never really understand what it’s like to be a mom until you are one.” I have to admit to thinking that geez, I have a pretty good imagination and I know my own mother and other moms pretty well – I think I get the idea.
What I didn’t really understand though, was that being a parent isn’t just about getting all the day-to-day tasks done, keeping track of a whole household full of different schedules, doctor appointments, housekeeping, grocery shopping, and everything else (although, that sounds like three full-time jobs already!).
What I discovered when I first became a mom a little over three years ago, is that being a parent is also about love. Well duh! Of course! Everyone knows that! I guess what I learned is more about the depth of love, more than just the existence of love. I’m talking about loving another person so much it actually makes you want to laugh and cry at the same time. I’m talking about loving another person so much that you really would do absolutely anything for that person.
And as mothers and parents – we do! We wipe away tears, we teach about kindness, we slide down the plastic kiddie slide knowing another adult may see our butts get stuck half-way down – we may even use our own shirts to wipe a snotty nose (when absolutely no alternative presents) – we are wonder women!
Being a mom also means keeping our kids safe and healthy. Only 200 of the more than 80,000 chemicals in commerce have been tested for toxicity – so down the aisles and onto our computers we go, checking labels, researching products and companies, learning about chemicals we have no idea how pronounce, and working hard to protect our kids from toxins linked to asthma, autism, birth defects, and cancer.
I really didn’t understand just how much stamina it takes to do what needs to be done on an everyday basis as a parent, but I wouldn’t trade any of it for the love that goes so deep it must come from my very soul. So here’s to you moms out there – working hard to keep your kids safe and healthy, and sometimes sacrificing your own clean shirt in the process!
Happy Mother’s Day!
To simple, green living,
Changing the world, one home and office at a time.
Carrie Brusven is an Independent Green Irene Eco-Consultant based out of Moorhead, MN and her website can be found at www.greenirene.com/carriefargo. Carrie offers Green Home Makeovers, “Go Green” Workshops/Parties, and Green Business Makeovers with Green Business Bureau Certification. Contact Carrie to book a workshop or a makeover for your home or small business: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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