A tribute to all "Moms" everywhere. Motherhood is the most difficult job in the world. I know that many of you are moms. You are probably (hopefully) as emotionally attached to your children as I am.
As a high school teacher, I see a lot of kids making poor decisions. Most of them have parents who are clueless. I want to reinforce the fact that involvement is okay. Your children need you. Don't think for a moment that they are "over" you. They might act like it at times.
I have two teenage girls that are amazing. We are very involved. They are very successful in school things like National Honor Society, Junior Symphony, etc. They make honor roll. Yes. I push that. I don't care if they spill their milk. I don't care if they paint their walls black. Sometimes their clothing selections are "interesting" to say the least. I let them make most of these decisions. Most of all, I want them to do the best they can.
As for me? I feel uncomfortable having a day to honor my mothering abilties. I didn't do everything right. I went by intuition, gut instinct and love. I had and still have a less than immaculate house. I don't care. I have great kids. I made lots of mistakes.
I was afraid to become a parent. I was a terrible teenager. I was a rebel against conformity. I was horrible to my mother. She was hurt by my rebelling and I used it to my advantage. I still regret that and wish I could make it up to her. She is gone now. I thought I would have time to explain some of the things that were going on back then.
I hate conformity. I would discourage my children from wearing Abercrombie, Hollister, etc. Many of my students wear these things emblazoned upon their t-shirts to be part of the "in-crowd". I don't have to discourage my kids. They refuse to wear it! (Ha ha!)
Duh. Hollister, California is not a beach town. It is in the central valley.
Marketing is everything.
Kids. Be yourselves. Mothers, believe in yourselves, your children; Think positive. They have unique talents. Do not belittle art.
I am thankful that my kids are amazing! Happy Mother's Day to all! If you're not a Mom, give one a hug from me!