May 2, 2011

May: Oh Mother.



Mother.  I think of a lot of things when I see that word.  Especially as I've aged, married, acquired two mothers now and become one myself, times three.  First I think nurturer.  I was blessed to grow up with a mother who cared and nurtured me and my siblings.  She had the best way of waking us up, a soft rub on the back for who-knows-how-long until we finally peeped open our eyelids.  Mother.  Kind, stern, familiar, funny, loving, giving, trusting, praying, helping... Right now I see that word and I think about one Mother's Day growing up.  I was asked to say something about my mother in front of my church.  So I took Proverbs 31 and turned it into a rhyme, printed it out, framed it and with shaking hands and knees I attempted to read it in front of everyone.  I don't remember much else, except that I was pretty proud of my framed poem which I gifted to my mother afterwards.  It hung on my childhood-home wall until my parents moved here to Texas just a few short years ago.
Mother.  A wedding, barefoot on the beach.  A husband.  A new life.  A new momma.  I watched enough movies (and spoke with enough friends), to fear the "Mother-In-Law."  I was so scared I would marry a man who had a controlling, "Monster-in-law"-type mother, who wouldn't want me around her or her son.  Thankfully, I was blessed with TWO wonderful mothers, one by birth and one by marriage.  Mother-in-law.  Sweet, Funny, Full of Laughter and Stories, Memories by Campfires, Shopping Attempts Together (she's a shopper, I'm - not so much).  I have been married almost 6 years, and I felt like I was a daughter to my mother and father-in-law from before my wedding day.  Never any awkwardness, fear, or worry with my family.  That's exactly what we are: family.
Mother-to-be.  My oh my, that brings back memories three fold.  I haven't had the easiest pregnancies.  They start off with so much sickness, that it kind of overshadows a lot of the whole 9 months.  But as that subsides around 14 weeks, and I get used to keeping food in my tummy...then I have beautiful thoughts of Becoming a Mommy!  Little bump, Tiny kicks, Dreaming/praying/name-picking, Pictures of my growing family, Support from loved ones.  Then there are some other thoughts: Indigestion, Heartburn, Swollen feet, Fainting at Walmart (only once, with my third baby - but that would be hard to forget), Drinking goopy sugary drink (for the glucose test), Lots of poking, prodding, and peeing.
But now Mother applies to me.  I am a mother of three.  I am their nurturer, protector..."mommy."  Oh my, how life changes, and quickly too!  Hopefully I can be as a good of a mother to my little princesses as I have had from birth, marriage, and spiritually.  I have a lot to strive towards, but some great examples to follow.  Thank you.

3 comments:

  1. Alycia...My cup runneth over...I loved this...I am now in tears...I love you dear daughter,but who couldn't love an angel..which is exactly what you are. Thank you for making my first experience as a mother in law so amazing! I can't imagine life without you..thank you for loving me and understanding me..kookiness and all. :)

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  2. I love you so much! Thank you for loving ME! =) I hope the rest of your mother-in-law experiences are great too! ;)

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  3. Superb Posting for mother. interesting this post

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