This is for All the Brave Moms

Mar 3 2014

This is for all the brave moms.

For all the pictures we don’t untag on Facebook even though we think they make us look fat or ugly or somehow less than.

For all the kisses and I Love Yous and butterflies in our bellies in the school drop-off line. 

For all the nights before surgery.

For all the times we tell them It’ll All Be OK because we hope and hope it will be.

For all the What-Ifs and the Please, God, pleases.

For all the sitting in the dark.

For watching our babies learn to eat by choking and learn to walk by falling.

For all the times we manage, somehow, to put one foot in front of the other, and for all the times we sit down in the middle of life’s path because we cannot go on.

For all the times we dare to whisper I Need Help and for all the times we lay our head on our arms because I Can’t Tell Anyone I Need Help, too.

For all the tentative smiles in the grocery store. For all the times we say Good Job to a stranger.

For all the times we choose to believe the best when we’re also fearing the worst.

For the times we say Yes, You Can Climb That Tree… or Ride Your Bike Downhill… or Walk to the Park With Your Sister, and for the hearts in our mouths and lumps in our throats.

For the days we go to work and the days we stay home.

For the days we mentally pack our bags but don’t walk out the door the way we want to, want to, want to, and for those of us who do walk out the door to keep ourselves and our littles safe.

For the days we put on our make-up and dress to our shoes, and for the days we pull the covers over our heads.

For times we pick up the phone and talk to the principal. Or the doctor. Or the person who hurt our feelings. And for the times we let the phone ring through to voicemail because we’re still gathering our courage.

For the stretch marks. Especially the ones on our brains and our hearts.

We are braver than we know. 

Braver than we give ourselves credit for.

Braver than we think we can be.

This is for all the brave moms.

Shield

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“Shield” image credit digitalart via freedigitalimages.net