I had planned to offer you another vegetable packed recipe this week, however after my son’s Cub Scout meeting, I just had to stop and address a subject that sometimes goes unacknowledged. As parents we all have those moments that strain our mental health. We all have those days when we question what we are doing, and if we will make it through the day. Today’s post is a nod to every mom in a meeting that had to bring all of her children. The mom that looks like it took her everything thing she had just to make it here tonight. I’ve been there, we all been there, and I salute you.
“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have”
That Kind of Day
Sitting in the Cub Scouts meeting tonight with a table of twenty plus 6 and 7 year olds and all their parents it gets a bit rowdy. As I looked around the room, I was reminded that there is always that one mom that looks utterly defeated. She is a bit disheveled, and frazzled. Your hair quickly tied back in a pony tail, zero make up on, almost on the verge of tears because it has just been that kind of day.
The buzz of noisy room hums just so that it becomes white noise as she stares off into the distance. Each moment praying that your 2-year-old can sit still long enough and quiet enough to not cause yet another public scene. Praying bed time will come with swift retreat. You hold back the tears, not sure you could explain their root cause or not. Maybe it is that the children have had your nerves on edge all day. Maybe it is that you had to watch your child struggle with something that was difficult, for even you, to watch. Perhaps it’s the frustrations from the judging looks of the smug parents at the grocery store as your children refused to keep their hands in the cart. Or perhaps it is that you’re just sad today. I see you and I salute you.
Come one, come all
Give me your tired, your weak, and your hungry mothers. You are beautiful and you are not alone.
If it were acceptable I would give you a double shot of whiskey for
your thoughts. You are here, you’re kids are alive, and the fact that you still have such patience with your kids just proves that you are a hero. I am here to tell you that you are not alone. Every single mother has had that week, that day, that moment.
Random Acts of Kindness
So next time you see her… I challenge all of you to salute her to. Buy her a cup of coffee, a glass of wine or a shot! Show her a random act of kindness. Offer to watch her kids for an hour while she hits the gym. Parents, we are all in this together! Life is hard!! Sometimes harder than we ever imagined. But it’s also beautiful, and its about time that we stop shaming one another and start lifting each other up! Let’s take care of each other instead of tearing each other down. What kind of random act of kindness will you do this week?