Another one of many profound writings by Erma Bombeck – the humorist who wrote about every day life as a parent.. who could make me laugh… simply because I could relate… and they were all true.
“Someday, when my children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates a mother, I’ll tell them…
I LOVED YOU ENOUGH TO
bug you about where you were going, with whom and what time you would get home.
insist you buy a bike with your own money, which we could afford, and you couldn’t.
be silent and let you discover your hand picked friend was a creep.
stand over you for two hours while you cleaned your bedroom, a job that would have taken me 15 minutes.
say, “Yes, you can go to Disney World on Mother’s Day.”
let you see anger, disappointment, disgust, and tears in my eyes.
not to make excuses for your lack of respect or your bad manners.
admit that I was wrong and ask for your forgiveness.
ignore “what every other mother” did or said.
let you stumble, fall, hurt, and fail.
let you assume the responsibility for your own actions, at 6, 10, or 16.
figure you would lie about the party being chaperoned, but forgave you for it…after discovering I was right.
shove you off my lap, let go of your hand, be mute to your pleas and insensitive to your demands…so that you had to stand alone.
accept you for what you are, and not what I wanted you to be.
But most of all, I loved you enough to say no when you hated me for it. That was the hardest part of all.”
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