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When I was little, I wanted to be just like my mom. As a toddler, I walked around in her high heels, carrying around her keys. As a kid, I wanted to be a painter like her, and even tried my hand at a few pieces. They weren’t exactly masterpieces, but I still have them- signed with my name, and the addition of a middle initial, despite not having a middle name, because for a few years, I decided to take on my mom’s name as a middle name. As a teenager, we didn’t often see eye to eye, but I wanted her blonde hair, her long eyelashes. I wanted to grow up to be a great mom like her.
My mom & I, age 6
Now that I’m the mom, I see bits and pieces of her in myself, sometimes when I least expect it. But of course there are also the moments that we all have where I doubt my abilities as a mother. On a night where I’ve had less patience than was needed or when taking care of Zac meant I just didn’t have time to do the activity I promised Shane, I wonder if I’m good enough to be called “Mom”.
Me, my mom, my sister & my brother, 2006
But then I realize that my mom probably had those moments too. She probably looked in the mirror at the end of a long day and sighed, promising to do better tomorrow. I know I do that, and I’m starting to realize that it’s one of those universal “Mom” things, as much a part of motherhood as stretch marks & bags under the eyes. But the thing is, I loved her as she was. We had our differences sometimes, sure, but she was a great mom. And so am I.
Me & my little Batman
When I have a rough day with the kids, and I’m tired or stressed or doubting myself, I know that one day, my kids won’t remember that I didn’t let them have two desserts or that I forgot to record their show. They won’t remember that I didn’t have time some days to put makeup on or that when they were babies I often went days without washing my hair. They’ll remember that I loved them. And the love from a mother to her child? That’s real beauty.
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