Happy Mother’s Day! May 8, 2016!
I felt you.
You were a pea.
Then a lemon.
Then an eggplant.
I followed advice.
I read twelve books.
I ate a lot of spinach.
Could you tell I was nervous?
First, I want to say ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ to all the moms out there!
We share a special bond with our kids and this lovely book called “You Made Me A Mother” by Laurenne Sala perfectly captures a mother’s unconditional love while being realistic about us not having all the answers while still doing our best to be a mom. I love how the book starts with the pregnancy and since my almost-moving-up-to-first-grader loves to fill my mind with questions on all things baby at the moment, it was a wonderful book for us to read together. Her most recent question was how she was able to eat in the womb! I always feel a little shocked when she asks such interesting and specific questions – it’s sometimes hard to believe how grown up Brooke has become. So, I tell her as much information as age-appropriate as possible to explain how she grew inside me and how we have cared for her since she was born and I loved being able to read this book with her.
Mother’s Day is a day to appreciate all moms – and it is also important for me to tell my daughter how much I love her and that I enjoy being her mom. Yes, through everything that it entails, I ENJOY being a mom. We can beat ourselves up for not being perfect all the time, but no one is perfect. The most important thing is that we try our best every day and try to learn from all of our experiences to make our world better together. I’m in a lovely transitional period with Brooke where she is becoming a more independent person and not just a little child. I reflect more on my answers, my actions, my own bouts of nervousness because I want her to feel confident, always loved, and not hesitate to live her life to the fullest. What I have learned from being a mother is that I never fully appreciated the role until it was mine. It’s exhausting, it’s exhilarating, it can be pretty hilarious, and it can make you feel like your world is crashing down on you because you think something is wrong or that your child is upset. You can’t put a price or worth on being a mother, because being a mother – a supporter, a show-er, a do-er, a helper, a STRONG person who shapes a child’s life – is priceless to a child. Sometimes just being there is enough and more often than not, listening and talking things through and giving your child the tools to grow into a well adjusted adult is needed and I am doing my best to be that person to both my girls. It’s good to take time and celebrate that opportunity and weight of responsibility. When my girls are adults, I want them to know that if they take on the role of ‘mother’ that it is the most difficult but most rewarding duty I’ve ever accepted. I wouldn’t be who I am today if it were not for Brooke and Brie – and while they are still young, I would hope and imagine they would say the same thing about me.
I made you, but you made me a mother.
About the Author: Laurenne Sala lives in Los Angeles, where she likes to look at the ocean and wonder what is on the other side. She thinks that riding a bicycle down a hill is the best feeling in the world. And that eating a big bunch of blueberries is right up there too. She has written all sorts of things, but none as fun as this, her first picture book.
About the Illustrator: Robin Preiss Glasser, a former professional ballet dancer, has illustrated more than fifty children’s picture books, including the New York Times bestselling Fancy Nancy series, written by Jane O’Connor. Robin lives in San Juan Capistrano, California, with her husband, Bob. She has two grown children, Sasha and Ben.
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