For the last 24 hours I’ve sat in my room, my home, my normal everyday home, my home with crumbs on the floor, and bubbles on the shelf, and a load of laundry to be folded, and littles running around, and I’ve sat here in awe. Humbled over the response to a sweet little, and very sincere, and very true letter called Dear Moms with Littles written yesterday on my blog.
Your response, besides humbling me greatly, has shown me how many of us moms work hard and feel exhausted and sometimes pointless by the end of our very giving of self day. And, it’s shown me how we grow stronger when we network, when we encourage, when we rip off the masks of perfection and shout that we are not alone in this journey of motherhood.
Because, truth it, being a mom can be lonely. It can feel as if the time ticks slowly, the stuff we do never gets done, and that again, that sometimes we just don’t matter.
We are changing the world, moms.
That diaper change? Matters. Those stories read over and over and over again? Matters. The peanut butter and jelly sandwich made for lunch for the 4th time this week? Matters. The hours driving in the car to and fro? Matters. The sleepless nights? Matters. The prayers? Matters.
We matter moms.
And that’s what the response to that little letter tells me — it tells me that we live in a world where the measuring bar is set too high — and that all too often what is really important slips away unnoticed in the shadows. So again, to you, the mom right now who has had 3 hours 28 minutes and 14 seconds of sleep, who is wiping that runny nose again, who is scraping to find a meal, and is washing marker off the wall, and is rerunning the load on the washing machine because you forgot to switch it to the dryer, who hasn’t read a chapter in a book in months, who is wearing yoga pants and your hair in a pony tail, you matter. Right now. In the trenches, the deep part of motherhood.
So when you see a friend of yours, your mom, a sister, tell them thank you. It doesn’t need to be big fanfare, but just a thank you. Two words.
Thank you moms out there.
Today. I am humbled.
And very very grateful.