"A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie." -- Tenneva Jordan
For many years after chancing upon the above quote, it never quite touched me. It was, to me then, a really good quote but the significance and accuracy of the statement above never quite touched my heart until I became a mother myself. It’s true….you don’t see the sacrifices made until you have to start sacrificing yourself. A mother is someone who would truly give everything and anything that she is capable of reaching to the people whom she loves.
Life as a mother is, indeed, a rough one but it is an immeasurably rewarding one.
"At work, you think of the children you have left at home. At home, you think of the work you've left unfinished. Such a struggle is unleashed within yourself. Your heart is rent." -- Golda Meir
The above quote rings true, painfully so I believe, for moms who have to work outside of home to earn an income for the family. Leaving the kids home while going out to earn an income could be one of the biggest obstacles would have to climb, a decision she dreads every day, and a regret that makes her cry every night. If she had it her way, she would like to have both but if she had to choose, she would pick her children above everything else….including herself.
"There was never a great man who had not a great mother -- it is hardly an exaggeration." -- Olive Schreiner
There can never be a shred of doubt when it comes to the role a mother plays in the lives of her children…especially during their formative years. Without the bond and communication that is so essential for their emotional growth, the impact can be significant.
"It is not until you become a mother than your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding." -- Erma Bombeck
Even if you’re not one of them, you probably know someone who was the rebel who fought against every advice, tip or concern that a mother issued him or her. The above quote merely highlights this fact. No one will understand what being a mother is like…the pain, the worry, the anxiety, the stress, the overwhelming feeling of being loved, the emotional turmoil…none of all that can be ‘felt’ or ‘seen’ before motherhood becomes your occupation. It’s only when you become a mother that you will find a significant parallel between your life as a mother and the life that your mother led when you were younger. Then, and only then, will the truth sinks in.
And in the meantime, the mother sits back and waits with worry, with hope and intense love, lingering around for the realization and return of her children.