If you had to clean up someones poop, puke, and pee, or had to listen to them cry and scream at all hours of day and night, you probably wouldn't stand this person for very long. Well, your mother went through that and a whole lot more for a very long time to make sure that you survived and became the slightly less poop and pee covered person that you are today.
Our mothers not only took care of us when we were disgusting and unruly, they also taught us a lot of the most important lessons we've ever learned.
We will never be able to repay our mothers, but at the very least we can say thank you every once and a while.
So this is an ode to the lessons our mothers have taught us, and a thank you note to all the amazing mothers out there.
We are born of love; love is our mother. -Rumi
Sharing Is Caring
I grew up in a male dominated house. Needless to say, the boys of the house wanted to solve every conflict aggressively and had a hard time sharing anything. Whether it was time on the computer, toys, or treats, we wanted everything to ourselves.
But mothers will always step in and set it straight. She showed us the value of sharing our things, and thus our happiness, with others.
She also taught us this lesson through her everyday life. I frequently saw my mother pay for strangers, offer to pay for everyone in our group, and give presents at every opportunity.
She taught us that money comes and goes, but the impact that a small gesture can have on someone will last forever.
Give Everyone A Fair Shake
No matter who you were, if you came into contact with my mother she would give you the benefit of the doubt.
If everyone in the world was like this there would be no more sexism, racism, or any other of the prejudice diseases that plague humanity. When you treat each person as an individual and assume only the best of them—until they prove otherwise—you make the world a fairer place.
The media will try to convince you of a whole myriad of ignorant stereotypes, but the lessons from our mothers will always outweigh them and for that I am grateful.
Because of our mothers we know that each person is unique and deserves a fair chance.
Don't Let The Opinions Of Others Affect You
My mother is a bus driver. She has told me many horror stories and she has been called every name in the book.
She's been put down or attacked so many times that you'd lose count, but she never let the opinions of others affect her opinion of herself.
Sometimes it would get to her, but seeing the strength and determination that she mustered up during those moments was inspiring.
I learned that other people can only affect you as much as you let them affect you and this is one of the most important lessons a person can learn.
When I think of the mothers of the world I think about determination, unconditional love, overcoming obstacles, and doing things you never thought you'd do because you love that little life more than anything in the whole world.
Raising you was the hardest thing someone ever had to do in their entire life. So today, take the time to thank them. This is for all the mothers out there.
I love you mum. Thank for putting up with all the poop, the pee, the aggression, the rebellion, the shortcomings and the times I didn't appreciate you like I should have.
I've finally learned my lessons.
What are some of the lessons that your mother taught you? Leave them in the comments!