As I sit here and ponder on the joys of motherhood, I wanted to share a little about what being a Mom means to me.
I have held many job titles over the course of my life, but I can honestly say that being a Mom is by far and away the most important job I've ever held. As a nurse, I was responsible for caring for the life of others and even though I have dressed many wounds in my nursing career, none meant more to me than taking care of the scraped knee of my child and kissing that scraped knee to make it all better. I have taken care of a young man dying with AIDS and sat holding his hand because his friends were to scared to sit with him. I've comforted the family who was left behind when a beloved Grandmother passed away. I have performed CPR on a victim of a heart attack and shed tears and gave a prayer of thanks to my Lord above when he started breathing. I cannot count the numbers of patients who have touched my life in some special way. Yet, all of that pales in comparison to being a Mom. My proudest moments were when two precious children were entrusted to me to love and care for. My son, (oh, how I love saying those words) is 27 years old and working hard on earning his Bachelors degree. He is a wonderful father to my only grandchild and a loving husband and is the best son that a Mother could ask for. My 17 year old daughter is my second blessing and brings much laughter and joy into our home. She is a dancer and a theatre student, which is very appropriate, since she has been a drama queen from the time she was born. Even though they're too old for me to kiss their "boo-boo's", or need me to hold their hand, they will hold my heart forever.
It is traditional to give a special gift of recognition on Mother's Day to show appreciation. I can honestly say that out of all the gifts I have ever received or hope to receive in the future, that the most amazing one is being a Mom. I hope all of the Moms out there have a blessed and joyous Mother's Day. Treasure the time with your children, love them and teach them to fly.