It’s been a week after Mother’s Day. But I feel that I ought to write about my thoughts and feelings that day when all mothers were treated to lunch, given gifts, or greeted via e-cards, sms, or person-to-person.
Every year on Mother’s Day for the past 21 years had been always a day for introspection for me. What is it that makes me feel like how I feel as a mother of five wonderful children? Over the years that I had spent time feeding them, picking up after their mess, running after them, bathing them, tucking them to sleep, and watching them grow, when had I been the happiest?
The greetings are fine and the gifts finer, but I feel the sincerest acknowledgment and accolade in times when I am most by myself, reminiscing about how these five babies developed into their own persons. In the process, I recognize that I feel happiest when watching them makes me look into the kind of person and mother that I am; when taking care of their needs makes me realize the limitless, unconditional love I have for them; when talking to them makes me discover things unknown to me before; when just being there with them makes me full circle. I am my mother’s child.
Indeed, for the text greeting that I received from my father went: “Will you do me a favor? Will you say your gratitude to your mother for giving me such a wonderful daughter?” The sweetest greeting, ever.
Wondering when other mothers feel the happiest, I asked some of my friends to share their thoughts on “When are you happiest as a mother?”
“That they remind me of my Godliness, unconditional love and they are best coaches.” –Edlynn
“Iba-iba po eh. Kay Mykah, when she told if it’s okay to have a crush at her age. Kay Sebastian at Carlos, yung naka-idlip na cila at night then suddenly they wake you up and they will kiss you goodnight. Sasabihin pa nila sa iyo that they almost forgot to kiss you; they do that sometimes. Nakakatatawa…” –Amyr
“Now that I am without my daughter (quips) …when your child begins to fly, of course.” –Ofel
“Good question. When my little boy and I read his bedtime story of his choice.” –Pia
“Happy ako when my sons fuss over me when I am sick. When they show their affection towards me kahit maraming tao (quips). And when people validate they are growing to be kind and loving boys to me and others. When they say that my sons have beautiful souls.” — Gay
“When I rough it up with them.” –Rose
How about you? When are you the happiest?