Some you see versus they see truths of motherhood:
you see – store bought pre made cookies that you put on the pan versus homemade.
they see – you made cookies. And cookies rock. Doesn’t really matter how they started.
you see – a room that has marker on the walls, toys on the floor and clothes strewn about.
they see – their room where they can dream and play and sleep. A place of creativity where the books are in just the right spot and pillows tucked so and stuffed animals perched on the shelf. Where the toys are mixed up together making the most magical of stories.
you see – laundry that you just folded all frustratingly jumbled in a drawer.
they see – a drawer full of clothes and their favorite shirt washed and put on the top and no more smelly underwear tucked in the corner that they tried to hide but you found and washed.
you see – a pantry with far too little dinner options.
they see – the best dinner ever when you serve them rice and beans or pancakes or whatever they want.
you see – a living room that has a ripped couch (or maybe that’s just mine)
they see – their home. The couch they run to after school and read on and play on and it’s family.
you see – everybody else taking cool vacations.
they see – they’re just excited to go to Dairy Queen or to play catch in the backyard with you.
you see – a crazy full schedule with this constant rush and hustle and movement and not sitting still
they see – that you got things in place and that you can find the missing soccer cleat and that you packed them their favorite snack and that even when you’re frazzled you still make it to practice on time and that you are simply there for them.
you see – a toilet that never seems to stay cleaned
they see – well, not sure they see much here even though you work work work on getting them to aim.
you see – that you got frustrated again over their homework
they see – that you actually care about their homework and grade but they keep that deep down because afar all who wants to admit that and actually red0 the homework sheet with sloppy writing?
you see – clothes that need to be replaced
they see – their total favorite shirt that they would wear every single day if you’d just let them.
you see – you were late picking them up from school and made them stand in the cold.
they see – you were there running up to the door getting ready to greet them with hugs and kisses and questions about the day and they had five extra minutes to hang with their friends.
you see – everything you didn’t accomplish today
they see – the fact that you were just there even if they didn’t say anything.
you see – wondering if you matter.
they see – the only thing that makes things all better is a kiss from you.
you see – when you look in the mirror a tired mom.
they see – the most beautiful mom in the world.
you see – feeling like you’re failing.
they see – their mom that they love.
you see – another day hoping you don’t mess up.
they see – their hero.
Remember that today.
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