To the mom who is celebrating her 50th Mother’s Day,
To the mom who is celebrating her first Mother’s Day,
To the mom who knows this is her last Mother’s Day,
To the mom whose arms are empty this Mother’s Day,
To the mom who lost 4 to have one,
To the mom who chose to adopt,
To the mom who didn’t have a choice,
To the mom who did it alone,
To the mom surrounded by a village,
To the mom of the sick child and a life full of doctors,
To the moms no longer here,
To every mom:
Did you know? That day you realized you were late, did you know? When that stick came back positive, did you know?
Did you know that you would do whatever it would take to protect this human?
Did you know that a glimpse of their smile could stop you in your tracks?
Did you know this person would cause endless nights of no sleep? Did you know?
Did you know before that you weren’t complete? Did you know there was still that missing piece?
Did you know you would worry over the healthiest meals and then go with the Happy Meal anyway?
Did you know their accomplishment would bring you more joy than your own? That first hit, the soccer goal, the hockey shutout, the award for the lead in her school play….Did you know?
Did you know you would be able to feel their pain? The first injury, the first break up, the bully at school, the IV lines, the drug addiction…Did you know?
To the moms that love when we are unlovable, that sacrifice when they have nothing left, that rejoice when we win,
To the moms that know — and would do it all again:
Happy Mother’s Day