Today I was just a mom.
A mom that woke to the sound of the alarm and her phone and rolled out of bed, stumbled down the stairs and started the morning routine while she was exhausted.
A mom that was so thankful for two Keurig extra bold coffee pods left in the box.
A mom that squirted mustard on bread and added turkey and cut it in half and put it in a lunch box.
A mom that said get up now at least four times.
A mom that said really get up we have to go one more time after that.
A mom that scraped van windows and shoveled the driveway only to come in and find everyone not ready.
A mom that talked and said goodbye as she dropped off her kids.
A mom waiting at a traffic light with eyes heavy with tired and heat blasting giving herself a pep talk for the day.
A mom that walked her kindergartner to the door, kissed his head and walked out.
A mom that washed the dishes and wiped the counters and folded clothes.
A mom that looked at herself in the mirror and saw tired looking back.
A mom with dreams and hopes.
A mom that sometimes feels lost in the busy.
A mom that answered emails and phone calls and worked really hard even thought she was exhausted. Yes, I know I used that earlier, but I know you get the exhausted mom.
A mom that ordered a latte at the coffee shop and felt such relief to have another human to talk to and to have someone tell her to have a good day.
A mom that opened bills and worried.
A mom that had moments of wonder and what to do for dinner.
A mom that went to the store and had the cringe when the quick grocery run reached $78.49.
A mom who heard kids claim they were starving and then not like dinner.
A mom who found orange peels, a popcorn bag and juice box containers left in the family room.
A mom who said who left that stuff down there? and was met with four innocent boys responding.
A mom that just sighs sometimes.
A mom who just wanted to take a break.
A mom who realized there was no time for a break.
A mom who wiped the counter again and reminded them to do homework.
A mom who signed planners and helped with math.
A mom who sometimes felt very alone even though her house was noisy.
A mom who yelled down the stairs turn the tv down and three minutes later stop fighting.
A mom who played Kerplunk even though she still had dishes to do.
A mom who answered to mom, mom, mom more times than she could count.
A mom who felt grateful to be a mom.
A mom who really wanted to do her best.
A mom who was simply tired.
A mom who buttons costumes in the back and listens to tales from sixth grade.
A mom sorting backpacks, lunchboxes and signing papers.
A mom who misses her older girls.
A mom with a heart desiring to make a difference.
A mom who wanted to put at the end that it was just a mom day.
Just a mom.
Just is an incredibly powerful word put before mom.
Just means brave and fighting and loving and pushing and giving and caring and driving and cooking and listening and learning and being tired and trying.
Maybe you were just a mom today too.
And if you’re list looks anything like mine then your just a mom day was extraordinary.
Thanks for being just a mom today.