As Mother’s Day approaches Angel Soft has ask me to think about what it means to me as part of a series of sponsored posts. I cannot help but think about my short experience as a mother so far. And I cannot help but think about my own mother’s experience over the past 30+ years. I find myself thinking about everything that goes into being a parent and asking myself, “What is a mother?”
What is a Mother?
It’s a question I never really thought about much. I mean, I have thought about being a mom and what it means to me but not about what exactly a mother is. And really, a mother is so many things. As I move further into my journey as a parent, I see my own mother with new eyes. I adore Grambo but now that I have a child of my own, I appreciate her even more.
She is love.
Although we have our ups and downs, my mom is always the one I know I can count on for unconditional love. I used to believe that I understood what unconditional love meant. But it wasn’t until we lost my little sister that I truly began to understand what it meant to unconditionally love another person. The things my mother did for my sister over the years that I thought should be handled different were just my mother’s way of showing my sister that she loved her no matter what.
Now I better understand the power of unconditional love. I’m pretty sure it can move mountains.
She is forgiveness.
No matter how big or small the mistake, Grambo has always been there to offer forgiveness and help me figure out my next step. I have seen put our needs before hers time and time again. I can only hope to show my own children at least a bit of the generosity she has shown me during good times and bad times.
There is power in forgiveness and having someone to turn to when everything seems to be falling apart.
She is strength.
I have always considered myself to be a strong woman. I handled childbirth well, getting my experience as a mother off to a strong start. But then I was thrown for an emotional loop when W and I struggled with breastfeeding. But in the end, I was able to put my emotional struggle aside and do what was best for my son. I like to think that I will continue to be strong for W as he grows and we face the challenges of life together.
I have seen my mother walk through the valley of the death of a child with grace and strength. If you met her today, less than two years following her loss, you would probably be amazed. I hope as a mother, I can show as much strength no matter what motherhood may throw at me. She is truly inspiring.
She is softness.
Above all else, she is softness. She might joke that it’s age doing it to her, but I’m talking about her heart. Despite her own grief and the journey she has been on over the past two years, Grambo is a blessing to have living in our home. I don’t know what we would do without her. Everyday she reaches out and is more than a grandmother to W. She is like another parent. She cuddles him when he’s hurt and soothes him when he doesn’t feel well. She is a comfort to me and to my son.
If I can even be half as compassionate or caring as my own mother, I have a feeling I will be doing a pretty good job as a mom.
So to answer the question of, “What is a mom?” I simply look to my own mother and do my best every single day.
How do you answer the question, “What is a mother?”
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Angel Soft. I was compensated for this post however all thoughts and experiences are my own.