Joey and Gigi,
I remember being a snotty kid and asking my mom why there was a Mother’s Day and a Father’s Day, but no Kid’s Day. She told me that was because every day was Kid’s Day. That wasn’t a good enough answer for me then, but I think now that I’m a little bit older I understand. And I agree.
And I want to take it one step further.
To better explain what I mean, two of the Top 100 Lessons for Joey come to mind.
The first is Lesson #27 – You’ve already put your mother through enough, go easy on her.
My already high respect for women skyrocketed when I saw what your mom endured to bring you both into this world. It wasn’t only the 40 weeks of strain on her mind and body, the discomfort, the emotional swings, or the discipline to maintain a diet that prevented her from eating some of her favorites. It wasn’t only how she spent 9 months as the protector of your fragile, developing body. It wasn’t only that she endured around 12 hours of labor each time. It was that she did those things and made those sacrifices with joy and love. She did it for you.
And, without knowing any better, you’ve shown your appreciation for her with sleepless nights, dirty diapers, and violent baby vomit. Still, the trade-off is worth it for her. Especially when you repay her with hugs and kisses and “I love you, Mommy”‘s. A side-effect of all those sacrifices she made when she was pregnant with you, is an unwavering love for you, unconditionally and forever.
This brings me to the second lesson…
Lesson #4 – You may fall in and out of love with a woman or two, but she will always be your girl.
Of course this has a bit of a slant towards Joey because it’s from his list, but the idea is the same for you both. Your mother is yours forever. She’s committed to doing whatever you need and helping you however she can and there’s no expiration date on this commitment. For the rest of her life, she is your biggest supporter, your emotional comfort in a world that’s very unforgiving.
No matter what happens in your life, and what relationships you develop with other people, your mom is one that you never have to worry about. She’s the one that will always have your back.
My mom was right
So, when I look at it like that, not only to I realize that my mom was right, everyday is Kid’s Day, it makes me think that every day should also be Mother’s Day. Show her the same love and compassion that she shows you. Treat her with respect and appreciate all the sacrifices she has made and continues to make for you. You don’t need a fancy day on the calendar to do that.
P.S. Father’s Day is next month 😉
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