I got this in my email some years back. I don’t know the original source, so if you do, please let me know! I’ve already shared this with some friends before, but I want to share it again. Happy Mother’s Day! :)
For the moms, soon to be moms , would like to be moms…
A very touching story on being a Mom….
We are sitting at lunch one day when my daughter casually mentions that she and her husband are thinking of “starting a family.”
“It will change your life,” I say, carefully keeping my tone neutral.
“I know,” she says, “no more sleeping in on weekends, no more spontaneous vacations.”
But that is not what I mean at all. I look at my daughter, trying to decide what to tell her.
I want her to know what she will never learn in childbirth classes.
I want to tell her that the physical wounds of child bearing will heal, but becoming a mother will leave her with an emotional wound so raw that she will forever be vulnerable.
I consider warning her that she will never again read a newspaper without asking, “What if that had been MY child.”
That every plane crash, every house fire will haunt her. That when she sees pictures of starving children, she will wonder if anything could be worse than watching your child die.
I look at her carefully manicured nails and stylish suit and think that no matter how sophisticated she is, becoming a mother will reduce her to the primitive level of a bear protecting her cub. That an urgent call of “Mom!” will cause her to drop a souffle or her best crystal without a moments hesitation.
I feel that I should warn her that no matter how many years she has invested in her career, she will be professionally derailed by motherhood.
She might arrange for childcare, but one day she will be going into an important business meeting and she will think of her baby’s sweet smell.
She will have to use every ounce of discipline to keep from running home, just to make sure her baby is alright.
I want my daughter to know that every day decisions will no longer be a routine.
That a five year old boy’s desire to go to the men’s room rather than the women’s at McDonald’s, will become a major dilemma. That right there, in the midst of clattering trays and screaming children, issues of independence and gender identity will be weighed against the prospect that a child molester may be lurking in that restroom. However decisive she may be at the office, she will second-guess herself constantly as a mother.
Looking at my attractive daughter, I want to assure her that eventually she will shed the pounds of pregnancy, but she will never feel the same about herself.
That her life, now so important, will be of less value to her once she has a child. That she would give herself up in a moment to save her offspring, but will also begin to hope for more years, not to accomplish her own dreams, but to watch her child accomplish theirs. I want her to know that a cesarean scar and shiny stretch marks will become badges of honor.
My daughter’s relationship with her husband will change, but not in the way she thinks.
I wish she could understand how much more you can love a man who is careful to powder the baby or who never hesitates to play with his child.
I think she should know that she will fall in love with him again for reasons she would now find very unromantic.
I wish my daughter could sense the bond she will feel with women throughout history who have tried to stop war, prejudice and drunk driving.
I want to describe to my daughter the exhilaration of seeing your child learn to ride a bike. I want to capture for her the belly laugh of a baby who is touching the soft fur of a dog or cat for the first time. I want her to taste the joy that is so real it actually hurts.
My daughter’s quizzical look makes me realize that tears have formed in my eyes. “You’ll never regret it,” I finally say. Then I reach across the table, squeezed my daughters hand and offered a silent prayer for her, and for me, and for all the mere mortal women who stumble their way into this most wonderful of callings.
Please share this with a Mom that you know or all of your girlfriends who may someday be Moms. May you always have in your arms the one who is in your heart.
Now, I’m supposed to post seven random things about myself. I’ve already done a similar post not too long ago, but that’s perfectly okay! Like I said in that older post, I am a Mastah of Random Posts! Hah.
Erm, actually I had a hard time coming up with seven random things for that post (check #6 on that list), so this time I’ve decided to stick to a theme and I’m trimming it down to five things. Hah. The theme for this Random Things post is Deep Dark Secrets. (cue eerie music in the background)
1. The first CD I ever bought was Code Red’s Scarlet. AHAHAHA!! I do not know what possessed me to blow my school allowance on their frickin’ CD back when CD’s were considered a luxury. OMG.
2. Prior to that first-ever-CD-experience, I bought a cassette tape of Hanson’s Mmmbop album. Goodness. Mmmbop! Doobadapba mmmbop!
3. I once wrote fan mail to that kid who played Colt in 3 Ninjas and I received a postcard in return. You can tell it was one of those things mass produced for fans ’cause it looked like it was just printed out from a computer. Hah what a dork. That Colt kid, not me.
4. I think when I was three or four I ate an already-chewed-up piece of gum I picked up from the ground. Big EYEW, I know, but hey I was a kid! Didn’t you eat gross things when you were young and didn’t know any better??
5. Back in college, I was wearing this cool Bali tie-dyed shirt and baggy khakis when some guy complimented my shirt. I felt so cool and all day I was walking like I was cool. So cool that I tripped and fell forward when I was walking to my first class for the day. It had been raining so I got mud all over the front of my khaki pants. I went home to my dorm and missed class. Booo.
Yayyyy. Way to go.
Have a great weekend! :)
My Favorite Playlist, Threadless. I have a t-shirt girl crush. It’s the girl with the cute hair! And, look, tattoos! I love you. Hmm, you can’t really see the print with this color.
Ninja Arithmetic, Threadless. This one’s cool.
I want more t-shirts, by ME!!!
I think I should just do my t-shirt days on a semi-monthly basis. :P
Heyyyy, it’s been a while since I’ve done any movie posts. The last time I mentioned a movie on this blog was LAST YEAR! Holy cinematic deprivation, Batman! Well, folks, I think it’s time for the very first…
Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga. Synopsis: Jake Gyllie is an Airforce dude who wakes up in someone else’s body on a commuter train. Michelle Monaghan is sitting infront of him and looking at him like he’s crazy ’cause he’s acting crazy. Eight minutes later the friggin’ train explodes! Goodbye, Jakey! Oh, wait, he’s not dead. He’s strapped inside his fighter plane and is talking to Vera Farmiga on a monitor and Vera’s like, “Who’s the bomber, Capt. Crazy?? Who’s the bomber??” Okay, she really didn’t say that, but that was basically what she was after the whole time. And that’s the plot of the whole movie, friends – Capt. Jakey keeps getting sent back to a specific point in time to find the identity of the train bomber and he only has 8 minutes every time (although 8 minutes seemed to get longer and longer every time he’s zapped back in the past). Itty Bitty Pseudo Review: It was a pretty entertaining movie. No fancy special effects, but it was cool. It had a little drama factor revolving around the truth about Capt. Jakey and how he got involved in the time travel mission thing. They had to make the ending sappy though. Tsk. Vera Farmiga’s really pretty.
Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro. Synopsis: Bradley Boy’s a writer, struggling at that, evidenced by the fake scraggly hair and his broody I-have-writer’s-block look. One day he bumps into his ex-wife’s bro who gives him a little pill that BBoy promptly pops in his mouth after about ten seconds of contemplation. BAM! He’s a super genius and finishes his awesome book in one sitting. Unfortunately, genius mode only lasts one day so he goes to ex-bro-in-law for more magic beans. Ex-bro-in-law gets whacked and BBoy steals his magic bean stash, which he starts taking every day and he goes on to become a really successful stock trading person something or other. Unfortunately, he starts feeling the side effects of his brain working full time over time while evading the bad guys who want in on the magic bean high. Itty Bitty Pseudo Review: Also another pretty interesting movie, only this time with colorful and dizzying cinematography. They have several scenes where the camera zooms in and zooms in and zooms in very very very fast, obviously to show how fast hours and days fly by when you’re high on insta-genius drugs. The movie had one of those WAIT, WHAT? endings – the kind that leaves you with limitless possibilities. Right on.
Rio, starring cartoon birds that sound a lot like Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Jamie Foxx, and Will i Am. Synopsis: Blu, who is a domesticated exotic bird of the highly endangered variety and who sounds like the guy who invented Facebook, lives with his owner Linda (Leslie Mann) in a small American town. They fly to Brazil with Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro), bird research man, so Blu can save his species by hooking up with feisty Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu’s female endangered exotic bird counterpart. Blu and Jewel get birdnapped by smugglers and their adventure begins! The whole movie is about them escaping and trying to get away, Blu learning to fly and finding his way back to his buddy Linda, and, of course, Blu and Linda finding loooove. Itty Bitty Pseudo Review: You can’t go wrong with most animated films. They’re fun and light and funny and bursting with songs. This is one of those fun, light, funny, music-filled animated movies. Never mind the cliche story line and the rushed ending, just samba!
Beastly, starring Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens. Synopsis:Ah, yes, a modern re-telling of Beauty and the Beast. You have VanVan Hudgens as the Beauty, a down-to-earth girl who’s on a scholarship and likes going to the convenience store at late hours to buy coffee and Jujyfruits, and there’s Alex “Really Hot Even with Beastly Tattoos” Pettyfer as the Beast, gorgeous richie rich meanie boy who messes with the wrong goth girl, is turned beastly and is given one year to make someone fall in love with him despite his ghastly appearance. Fairy tale stuff. So it’s set in the modern times and goth girl has real witchy powers. Itty Bitty Pseudo Review: Okay, I admit it. I was intrigued by this movie because of Really Hot Alex’s cool beastly tattoos. Hah. Anyway, the movie had a potential to be really cool despite being a fairy tale, but it just had some really weird storylines. It’s based on a book so maybe they just forced everything to fit? Tsk tsk. Anyway, Alex’s really hot, but my favorite character was the goth girl, played brilliantly by Mary-Kate Olsen. I wanna wear her for halloween.
That’s all, folks! Have a great weekend!
I know. I do nothing but surf for tees. It’s the funnest thing in the world. So sue me. :D
Are you a fan of Angry Birds? I am! I only download the free demo stuff for my N8 so I only get a few levels of games, but it’s still pretty fun. This shirt from Red Bubble comes in all colors!
Evolution of Rock from The Ink Squad, a Filipino site. Cool, eh?
Ah, a shirt referring to my least favorite chore.
Remember that line from the movie Reality Bites?
“Can you define irony?”
“It’s when the actual meaning is the complete opposite from the literal meaning.”
I like this shirt’s definition more. Irony from T-Shirt Hub.