In his song, “Somebody’s Hero” James O’Neal says: “She’s never pulled anyone from a burning building. She’s never rocked Central Park to a half a million fans, screaming out her name. She’s never hit a shot to win the game. She’s never left her footprints on the moon. She’s never made a solo hot air balloon ride, around the world. No, she’s just your everyday average girl (but) She’s somebody’s hero. A hero to her baby with a skinned up knee. A little kiss is all she needs. The keeper of the cheerios. The voice that brings Snow White to life. Bedtime stories every night. And that smile lets her know She’s somebody’s hero”
Mother’s Day… How can we designate just one day a year, to a person who gave us so much?
Whether she is setting the table for Christmas dinner or remembering to get birthday presents for the neighbors, cousins, friends, and kids of her own, she does it with patience. Whenever I’m not there to pick up my phone and she leaves me a voicemail, stating the time, date, day of the week, and who is calling. (Who needs caller ID?) Whenever I come home from school my favorite foods are in the fridge, my room is cleaned (sometimes with storage she couldn’t fit anywhere else) and a big welcoming hug.
Rewind to my 7th birthday, one of many I spent Irish Dancing at Navy Pier. I was standing side stage with my mom, who volunteered to be a “helper” that day, when a bird decides to poop right on my new costume. After tears, fears, and quite a few screams (terror from me and laughter from my mom) the costume was cleaned and ready for me to dance in again. My mom scrubbed and scrubbed while still letting me know that everything is okay. This is just one of the many things my mom has done for me that sticks out in my mind.
Now flashback to when I was about thirteen years old, I’d come home crying because my “friends” were mean and my mom would grab the keys and we’d drive and shop or go for a nightly bike ride until my tears of sadness, turned into tears of laughter because my mom always makes the sun shine a little brighter.
Mother’s Day is the day to celebrate moms everywhere. Being away from home this year was one of the hardest obstacles I have had to face but, fortunately I have learned so much from the experience. I have grown closer to my family and have more appreciation for what I have. Whether you are reading this post and thinking about your mom or you are a mom who has a child that shared this blog post with you, I wanted to let you know that you are being thought of and you are being appreciated.
So, while you’re thanking your mom and showing her appreciation on Mother’s Day; don’t just speak your words but live by them.