Thank You, Mom

Thank You, Mom

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If you're anything like me, you literally do not know how you would function without your mother. In my house, my mom does just about everything for just about everyone.

Lost a shoe? Mom will find it.

Need to eat dinner? Mom will prepare it.

Have to be picked up after practice? Mom is there.

She does everything for everyone, yet gets none of the credit. In my family, it is my dad who works. It is my dad who has the glorified job that allows him business trips to places all over the world, and fancy office parties, and a flashy title and respect amongst his peers.

My mother, on the other hand, gave up her career after years of law school in order to raise our family. Something that my now-mid college self-recognizes for exactly what it was--an enormous sacrifice. To imagine working as hard as I am at something I care so passionately for, only to give it all up to raise a family is an incredibly painful thought. Yet this is exactly what my mother did.

By no means am I trying to diss working-mothers. Rather, I have immense amounts of respect for their ability to balance home-life and work-life and still do everything for everyone. I am simply trying to recognize the life-changing decision my mother made when she quit her job in order to raise our family.

Because being a mother is a full-time job. It has the worst hours and no salary.

And unlike any other job where a job well-done is rewarded with promotions, and more time and responsibility, motherhood is the exact opposite. When you do a good job your kids leave you--they go to school and get jobs halfway across the country. And rather than any promotions or pay raise, you're simply left in the dust.

When you're younger the job entails wiping runny noses and tying shoes and kissing "boo-boos". And then it involves parent-teacher conferences and french-braids and dance recitals. And then it involves slammed doors and frustrated screams and a whole lot of attitude. And then it involves letting go. Essentially watching this thing that you've molded for 18 years fly off into the world, while you stay exactly where you are.

And while yes, I'm sure that any mother would say that it is the most rewarding job in the world, and that they can't imagine what their life would be without it, it is undoubtedly incredibly taxing.

So this is an official thank-you to my mom, and to all the other moms (and dads!) out there who have made countless sacrifices and placed their kids before themselves every single time. We love you, we appreciate you, and we undeniably would not be the same without you.

XO

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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The Thank-You Your Parents Deserve For The Sacrifices They've Made

Sadly, this is one they've never heard.

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We're getting into that stage of our lives. The one where you are away from home or starting to distance yourself, but the relationship between you and your parents is strengthening. College has taught me the value of my parents. Their value is more than the money their bank account and how often they were able to make it to high school soccer games. It's so much deeper than that.

If you have EVER fought with your parents, you've heard the phrase "You'll understand someday when you're a parent." What an excuse, right? No, not really. Being a parent is hard; it's something that I couldn't even imagine doing now or in the next five years.

Since college, I've grown so much closer to both my parents and honestly it's one of the best things that has happened to me. In high school, I was the definition of a hormonal teenager. Fighting with my dad every day and ignoring my mom when the walk got hard. Now, I call them to tell them what kind of smoothie I got for lunch. College taught me how to make not just more of a father/mother-son relationship, but a friendship with my parents. That's not what I'm here to thank them for, though.

I'm thankful for the sacrifices. There's so many that I don't know about, but I know they exist. Working countless hours to give my brother and me what we want or even sacrificing their own happiness for me is something that I can't comprehend yet. I know that being a parent is hard and that sacrifices are in call but being a parent is a full-time job. I've come to realize that a lot of my parent's lives got put on the backburner because they wanted to give me the best life possible, but I have to recognize the sacrifices.

I have been so blessed to have an amazing life. I've been provided for, and my parents have busted their butts to make sure I had everything possible to make me happy. Not just material things; they gave me all of the opportunities possible to succeed in life. They've skipped events with their friends to spend time with me while I'm home from college, even if it's us sitting in the living room on our phones all night.

Mom and Dad, I appreciate you more than you know. The words that I've written are just a quarter of the love and appreciation I have for you — words cannot describe how I feel. Thank you for all of the sacrifices you've made for me. I know I am where I'm at right now because of the hard work you've put into me, and I hope that I can make you proud.

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