Yes this is the hardest most stressful underrated unappreciated job in the world, but being a caregiver is the most important and the most rewarding. All of the bad stressful parts of parenting combined are worth one second of the love and fulfillment of being a mom. I am so in love with my kids. They are my soul mates and everyday there is a magical moment or usually a lot of magical moments where I look at them and am instantly flooded with so much joy and love that I could sob tears of joy. I am not here to write Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul. Those books make me want to hurl. But I will share the magical moment Alice and I had at Ballet. We walked out of the YMCA and into the parking lot. Alice was wearing her ballet outfit because she didn’t want to put her sweats back on. We walk outside to a cold windy day and I say.
“Alice aren’t you cold? Do you want your sweater now?” My beautiful little daughter dressed in her light blue leotard with short flowing shirt and ballet shoes looked up at me with a huge smile and said with wonder and affection.
“Oh momma, I dance in the wind.” She lifted her little arms and danced in the parking lot lost in her own bliss. There I was watching her in her little blue suit with her hair and skirt gracefully blowing in the wind her face with the expression the purest joy and delight that only a child can have. At that moment I knew that my sole purpose in this life was to give birth to this perfect child. I am a mom. We all love our kids this much, at times, if we didn’t have these magical moments we would have eaten our young a long time ago. What? Other mammals do it all of the time.