Every year on Mother’s Day, my daycare provider (I hate calling her that because she is practically family!) does crafts with all the kids for us moms, and they are the most adorable things anyone could ever make that sometimes includes pasta, and so thoughtful.
My husband sets them aside until Sunday, and she joyfully hands me these treasures with so much pride; I inevitably tear up and try to hold her squirming, little three-year-old body for more than the 4 seconds she usually allows before tearing off to make a mess that I will inevitably have to clean up (along with the mess from breakfast!).
Mother’s Day is special to me for so many reasons. After the loss of my stepson, my husband and I let go of a lot of holidays for a very long time. We felt we had lost our identity as parents, and the days held no meaning for us anymore.
When our daughter was born, we began to see the world through her eyes and we slowly began to see the holidays through her eyes instead of through the lens of loss; we began to live again.
We get so much joy with her on these days, but if I am being perfectly honest it’s on those days that I really want some time to myself and to feel the joy of being a mother to my daughter and being the caretaker of my memories of my stepson.
Sometimes we need time alone to remember the joy, let the happiness wash over us and melt away the stress of the everyday grind, especially when our children are small; we all know how draining toddlers can be, physically and emotionally.
Sometimes what we need is to just take a break from caring for others, and take care of ourselves.
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