What I Love Most About Being a Mom
What I Love Most About Being a Mom
Thank you to everyone who entered our Mother’s Day Essay Contest. Not only were we pleased by the great response, but we were impressed with the depth of emotion communicated by them. We all know being a mom is great, but putting into words what makes it so (the unsurpassed joys, the heartbreaking lows, the testing of our patience, the lack of sleep and everything in between) is no easy task. Nor was the job of choosing a winner! We hope you’ll enjoy reading these essays as much as we did! (Some are edited for space.) The winner, Hillary Dahl of Acton, received a makeover from Paul Kenneth Salon & Spa in Woburn. Have a fabulous Mother’s Day!
By Hillary Dahl of Acton
There are a lot of things I enjoy about being a mother – the endless hugs, the smiles, the devotion. After seven years of parenting, I never would have thought that being a mother could turn out like this. There were a lot of defeating days, questionable thoughts, constant doubt and ridicule. But being a mother is rewarding.
The day my daughter, Trinity, entered the world changed my whole life. I was not only a mother, but a single mother. I was going on a rough road. Being a single mother and a first-time parent was a tough challenge to face. I went on my roads, I fought a lot of battles and I even would call my mother when I doubted myself. But after all of that, I have this beautiful little girl who looks at me lovingly. I wouldn’t change a thing about her.
The thing I love most about being a mom is knowing I raised my daughter to be thoughtful, caring, compassionate, loving, respectful, silly and herself. I love that when I wake up in the morning, my daughter only wants a hug, or writes me a letter next to the cereal she laid out for me to surprise me with breakfast. I love that no matter how mad, stressed, sad or frustrated I get, my daughter loves me no matter what. We are there for each other. But the true thing I love the most about being a mom is that I have her. Because without her, I wouldn’t have became the woman I am today.
By Stacey Clarkin of Norwood
Some days I am not too sure who I am … a mother, a teacher, a coach, a nurse or a rock star (I play a mean air guitar!). I feel that I change hats six, seven, eight times a day, but I would not change it for the world. What other job would allow you to have multiple personalities and not be fired?
Being a mom means that one moment I am laughing with them and the next I am breaking up an argument. It means that I am watching a hockey practice for 50 minutes and the next minute I am comforting a sad little boy who missed the game-winning shot. It means reading with my daughter and teaching her vocabulary, and then we are giggling over a silly part in the book. It means picking up the pieces when a school day was not the best or a friendship issue occurred. It means being crazy by blaring the music and telling silly jokes to lighten the mood.
Being a mom does not come with a hat rack (or instructions for that matter). It comes with a big heart, an ability to roll with punches and a handbag with a lot of quick fixes (snacks, tissues…).
Being a mother can be a challenge, but it also can be a blast. Enjoy the personality switches (and the fact you won’t be committed)!
By Jen Reth of Winthrop
A mother’s love is special and a never-ending gift. I’m a mom of twin toddler boys. Three years ago, I also became a mom of a sweet angel. My son Max was born and died the same day. Although this was a heartbreaking experience for me, it has forever changed me to be a better person and I believe the mom I am today.
Each day I am a loving mom. Although exhausted I can only smile, be patient and love my boys with all my heart. The way they look at me for approval or recognition for what they do is an overwhelming feeling. Being their mom is a blessing.
My mom was the sweetest and is the most loving mom I know. She is with us but she has a brain disease that causes dementia. My boys will never know their Nana and who she really is, but I will take what she has given me and give them all the love in the world.
Being a mom has taught me what love really is. I am so blessed and lucky for my boys and their dad. Although life has thrown challenges my way, my life is special, and it’s because I’m a mom.
By Freya Hurwitz of Newton
My favorite thing about being a mom is when I hear my kids say “I love you.” Or maybe it’s “getting” to get up super early to go to the gym before they wake up… It’s the way I can make their hurts go away with a hug and a kiss, or hearing their laughter in the other room while they play together. Extra laundry to do is not one of the best things, but resting on the couch with a kid snuggled under each arm is certainly up there.
Being a mom is hard. It’s heartbreaking to see your kids in pain – physical or emotional. It’s hard when every sound wakes you up in the middle of the night so sleep is never as good as it was before kids. The logistics of getting the kids to the right places at the right time, while trying to work full-time and take care of myself are really hard. But there’s nothing I would change when my kids make me laugh after a long day, or when I see my husband playing with them and everything just feels right. Seeing my kids sleeping at night, I forget all the struggles of becoming a mom and being a mom. I just remember the pride on their faces when they show me a new skill or have a new story to tell. I can’t say I love everything about being a mom, but I do love being a mom.
By Melanie D’Alessandro of Boston
As a new mother, I discovered a new best friend on a discovery mission who reminds me that life is a new discovery every day. My little son smiles at the trees and laughs at the sky. He reminds me that every moment is an experience to learn something new and find a reason to smile. He is the warmest companion who accompanies me on all my errands and sleeps through life’s most stressful moments.
I love being a Mother because my son reminds me that the simple things are the priority in embracing happiness. He reminds me that that which matters most must never be at the mercy of that which matters least. All the silly things that are a priority in my life are a reason to laugh or sleep in his life.
I played the song by One Direction throughout my pregnancy called “Little Things.” My son Mario reminds me that unconditional love is the greatest gift in the world and that the little things add up to the most important things and bring the greatest experiences to our lives: happiness and love.
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