"I am not a perfect mother and I will never be. You are not a perfect daughter and you will never be. But put us together and we will be the best mother and daughter we would ever be."
I just read this quote on my friend Amy's blog. It absolutely rang true to me and I just had to post it here for all of you to read. I think so many times as a mom (or dad) one feels inadequate, wonders if they're doing or have done a good job, and worries incessantly about their children. I'm no stranger to such feelings.
This quote reminded me of reality, that no one is perfect but with the children we are blessed with we can become and accomplish something amazing. I love being a mom. It's the most fulfilling--life defining--and nerve-racking role I've ever had. It's filled with love, ups and downs, life lessons, and crazy moments.
In fact, we experienced one of those crazy moments today as we were on our way to school. Sofia suddenly become nauseated from motion sickness and vomited everywhere. I quickly found a road to pull over and began to clean up the mess. Gratefully, I had just enough stuff in the car to rectify the situation: towels, babydoll blankets, extra set of clothes, and a plastic bag. I got my little Missy Moo all cleaned up, moved her seat to the other end of the car, and off we went to school. We arrived very late but needless to say, we made it. Sofia felt fine the rest of the day.
As I thought about what had happened on the way home this afternoon, I arrived at the conclusion that despite the gross nature of the clean up process, I particularly loved being Sofia's mom today because I could do everything possible to make things better for her. I realize I can't always make everything better (i.e., much to her dismay, I didn't have a spare dress or skirt for her to put on--so she had to settle for pants) but I can at least help improve or better an icky situation. Most of all I can provide the comfort and love my children need. As we go through life together we truly can be and accomplish something great. That knowledge gives me hope and optimism.