Seeing that 1) I am a mother and 2) I have a mother, I like to think that I am an expert on mothers. Here is something I think I can say without any qualification– we love our babies!
And though there are times when I desperately desire for my children to be all grown up (or at least fully in control of all their bodily functions), I am also very aware that their childhood is likely to speed by faster than I’d like. And I think that’s probably true for most of us– we are caught in this strange limbo. Every day life can be hard with little ones, but we also dread the day when all those hard days will be over and our babies will no longer be babies… or even teenagers!
And so as Mother’s Day approaches, think about your mom and how much she loves her babies (even if her babies are all grown up!) Think about how much she loves photos of her babies, and perhaps give her a gift certificate to have some family portraits taken. Or, buy her a print of a pretty flower that she can hang on her wall. Because, well, mothers also love pretty things.