First Posted: 5/7/2009
Being a mother is a full-time job.
Theres no paid vacation. Theres no paid overtime. Theres no clocking out at 5 p.m. and calling it a day. Its a tough gig that gets overlooked.
Thats why Mothers Day is the perfect time to catch up on your slack for the rest of the year.
I try to make sure my mom knows how much I appreciate her every day; even though I live more than 70 miles away and I dont get to see her every day. We do talk every day, and she knows just about everything going on in my life. And when I say we talk every day, I mean we talk at least three to four times a day. I just cant help it she really is my best friend.
But even within our close relationship, I know I fall short of showing her just how much I really appreciate her. I dont always tell her the important things like how watching her become a single parent after my father unexpectedly died and raise me, a college-bound child, shaped me. She showed me what true strength is, and what it really means when people say what doesnt kill you makes you stronger.
I dont always tell her thank you for not spoiling me so that I could learn to appreciate the value of a dollar. I dont always tell her thank you for supporting all my aspirations in my childhood, even if they seemed unreachable. I dont always tell her thanks for all the money and time she invested in my forever-changing hobbies like playing the clarinet and volleyball.
I do always tell her I love her, but moms need to hear the other stuff too. They need to know theyre not undervalued, just like anyone working a full-time job to the best of their ability.
So, if your fortunate enough that your mom is still in your life, take the time to tell her that you appreciate her and everything shes done big or small you might just get a big kiss and hug.
Happy Mothers Day!
Erin C. Perkins is a staff reporter for The Mount Airy News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 719-1952.