Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, grandmas and moms-to-be out there…
There’ll be days when nothing works
to get your little one to sleep,
and days when dirty dishes
grow with diapers in a heap.
There’ll be days when you wake late
and miss your turn at the car pool,
and days when you’re the last one
claiming your kids after school.
There’ll be days when you forget
to sign the school permission slip,
or to pack a tube of sunscreen
for their day-long field trip.
And one day those hugs and kisses
will come few and far between —
when your charming little child
has transformed to sullen teen.
And the day will come when you’ve done all
to give them all your best,
when they’re off to school and off to work
and you’ve an empty nest.
On those days, though, please remember
all the times you got it right:
when you made that awesome costume
or your babe slept through the night.
When you were the homeroom hero
bringing cupcakes oh-so-sweet;
or you cheered them up with pizza
when their soccer team got beat.
When you cradled them and cuddled them
and wiped away their tears,
when you nurtured and encouraged them
and helped them face their fears.
Yes, remember this tomorrow
and a week or month from now,
or just any time the job seems
so impossible somehow.
‘Cause although it’s just official
for a few short hours in May,
when you think about it, really,
every day is Mother’s Day.
© 2010 Carlotta Eike Stankiewicz