Mother of a Job….

May 10th, 2013 2 Comments Tags: , , ,

It’s no easy feat being a Mother. I have read many times that it’s the hardest job in the world. In fact, I’m sure of it. It should require multiple PhD’s in social studies, psychology, accounting, nursing and the like. The role is definitely 24/7 for your entire life, on little sleep and lots of prayers plus a few rosaries thrown in. AMEN with hopefully a few alleluia’s.

It requires stealth hearing capabilities from far distances; a vexing glare that CAN and WILL stop you in your tracks; the ability to give orders through clenched teeth so the receiver can actually comprehend what is being said. You need complex strategizing skills using reverse psychology that works on a foxy 2 year old AND your spouse simultaneously.

I don’t know if anybody’s ever tried to write a job description for “the Mother role” because it is the Mother of ALL roles! Where on earth would you start? You certainly couldn’t announce it using only 140 characters on Twitter. You couldn’t take out an ad in the New York Times either. It would surely be too long and cost WAYYYY to much money.

I look to this Mother’s Day with warmth, joy and  love in my heart because I am certainly “one of the lucky ones” because I have been blessed with MY Mom. My Mom:

  • Meant “no” when she said “no” and never caved, ever….
  • Made sure we knew how to do stuff around the house so we wouldn’t end up like useless knobs
  • Sent us to lessons to learn all kinds of skills even if we weren’t all that proficient and she made us go outside and play every single day
  • Didn’t allow us to watch the boob tube endlessly, even though we wanted to…well before anyone knew what “screen time” was
  • Engaged us in necessary life-skills of grocery shopping, meal prep, making our own lunch, laundry, ironing, dishes and the like
  • Didn’t try to be our friend, she had her own…and we needed to behave around them
  • Taught us the value of a dollar and encouraged us to learn how to save money….and a LOT more.

Research tells us over and over that parents have a vital role to play with the health and well being of their children. I surely know that I have been blessed because of the many important lessons and life skills bestowed on me because of the tough love and the soft love of my Mother. I think Oprah should give my Mom a TV show on OWN featuring her with her wooden spoon teaching the world how to set limits with kids. Hey, it worked for me and my sisters….pretty much….

How fortunate I am to be one of the lucky ones receiving enduring love and support from my Mom through the ages. I am truly thankful for her consistent love and steady hand at the helm all of my life…..still……

Thank you Mom – I love you!

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2 Responses to “Mother of a Job….”

  1. Diane Fisk says:

    Love it Fran. Very much the way I was brought up…wooden spoon, yep I remember that too. Lol

  2. admin says:

    Was there any other way? We turned out….

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