Moms earn their rewards

May 11, 2014 

Moms are special for many reasons, including their amazing "super powers" -- like Mom ears that can hear and decipher rapid-fire questions coming from several children at once. She has eyes in the back of her head as she taxis her brood to various activities and serves as an air traffic controller.

Moms are the first responders, the first line of defense for their offspring, the backbone of the family. A mother juggles the responsibilities of managing the emotional roller coasters of her young adults and the hormonal haze of her teenagers as she wrangles her bug-crazy adventurous kindergartner and tenderly cares for her special needs toddler.

A mom is the wind beneath her children's wings as she carefully protects and guides them through the storms -- weather-related and life's rites of passage. She nurtures them as they grow and test her patience time and again. She fixes their broken wings, dries their tears and picks them up.

A mom puts her children's happiness and well-being ahead of her own as she teaches them hard lessons and to do the right thing.

Motherhood is bittersweet; it may feel like your ladder to success is really a greased pole but don't give up. There is hope in the rewards, such as the special needs child who never speaks, yet surprisingly whispers "rock-a-bye baby" after you lay him down to sleep. And when a stunned and tired mom goes to pick him up, in a tiny voice he whispers, "I wuv you, Mommy."

Angela Michael


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