I recently overheard a young mother exclaiming that she must be “the worst mother in the world” because of something dumb she had done that could have potentially hurt her child. I tried not to snicker, because I know that we moms have all been there. Every Mom makes mistakes, it’s part of the learning process!
For instance, when I was a young mom, I was slightly (?) distracted a few times. Once, my car broke down at a McDonald’s late at night with my 6 year old daughter in the back seat. Back then, I knew little about cars except that you put gas in them and drove them. So, not knowing who could rescue me, I accepted a ride home from a Phoenix police officer who was there having coffee. Naturally, my daughter woke up while I was moving her to his car and wanted to know what “Mommy did wrong that we have to go home in a police car” ! Thanks to my oldest daughter, Cammy, for reminding me of this incident.
Another time, my husband and I were shopping in Kmart, I had one cart with newborn Katie in it, he supposedly had the other cart with Jenny in it. Evidently, he took her out for reasons only he knew at the time, and thought I had picked her up. We came across each other in an aisle, looked at each other and said WHERE IS JENNY? Just a few minutes later, we heard the PA system announce: Will the parents of Jenny please come to the customer service counter? To this day, we blame each other “for losing Jenny in Kmart”!
Once, when Katie was very small, she was sitting in the yard, intent on something we thought was a toy. Upon closer inspection, we found her EATING TINY ROCKS! Panicking, I called the doctor who informed me that she would outgrow this habit (called pica) as she got older. Almost on cue, she began eating paper, dust bunnies, bits of toys: anything BUT food! The doctor was indeed right: she did outgrow it, but the memory of my precious little youngest daughter sitting in the yard eating rocks stayed with me!
Motherhood has brought me to tears many times, close to madness at other times and to the most exhilarating joy in the world: I would not have traded any of those Mom moments for anything. Besides, if I hadn’t had the KIDS, I would not have the GRANDKIDS!!