I love all the “first day” pics. Shining, smiling children, full of excitement and anticipation. And their proud moms, there, behind the camera. Behind the clean clothes and the shoes that fit, behind the purchases of notebooks and backpacks and pencils. Moms who made sure their kids got a bath and a brush and a good breakfast. Moms, maybe, like us, who have jobs outside the home, who have their own day at work to take care of, when all we want to do is follow our kids to school, to make sure they are healthy and happy and working hard. Maybe shed a few tears. And then come home and take a nap.
But, instead, we’ll muster the strength to get ourselves to work and do whatever it is we have to do today. And then come home and make dinner tonight and ask them about their days. Mamma superpowers.
Not every day is can-I-do-this tough, but some of them are.
I see you, Mamma. I see your love and your work and your sacrifice. I know there are those days when you do all this for your children when you are thisclose to tears of exhaustion and desperation and wondering if anyone notices. I know Mamma, I know and I respect you for all you do.
They might not know the details, they won’t and can’t till they’re parents themselves, but they feel it, they feel loved.
And I promise you this, it’s worth it. All of it. All the effort and wondering and sacrifice. Be assured, from someone fifteen years down the road from that first day of kindergarten, many, many years of Lord-help-me-can-I-make-it effort down the road, it’s worth it.
It’s so. Very. Worth it.