What is the biggest surprise to you as a Mom? I put this question out to my blog readers and got many stories back. They wrote about the little things that move their hearts in a big way.
Samantha Stone spoke of how surprising it was to have her "heart ache because you loved someone so much" and that she is grateful for even the little frustrations like having to check the toilet seat before sitting down!
Marylou Conti who always dreamed of being a mother, had claimed her children's names long before they arrived, and had it all planned out. She discovered it was nothing liked she dreamed, even the names were different, but she learned the meaning of unconditional love and the things that make her life "worth living".
It was not easy to filter through and pick one story that touched me most but, Maureen Crist wrote me about her own Mom, who is struggling with appendix cancer. She writes:
"I needed to let go today and when I read your question I cried. My mother is ill. She is struggling with cancer of the appendix. Yet, every day she seems to find joy. She is a fighter but somehow makes anything seem fun, even going to chemo together. She makes jokes from her hospital bed, and finds a way to seek the moment and make it last. She is a believer, makes me believe and has taught her grandchildren to dream. I've learned that you don't only mother your children. I want to pick up my Mom, as I did my babies and comfort her. It sounds impossible but as my mother often says; "Find a way. There is always a way." What I didn't understand until now is how a Mother's love heals in all directions. It is a cycle that comes back to each of us.
Thank you Maureen for sharing your story.
And thank you to all those who sent in submissions. You make my heart happy all week as I read them.