Hello All! First of all I am pleased to say that we at Little Whale Spouts LLC are back at it! We have all taken some time to “mom,” but now we plan to have more presence online. I, Valerie H., am pleased that I have gained a new niece and nephew! Congratulations to Tonya and Val! With that being said, I am also excited to tell you that even though we have been offline, we have been working on some exciting new products for in the shop! Stay tuned for those!
With Mother’s Day coming up, I have been thinking about what it means to “mom.” I tend to think of it in a couple of different ways.
To “mom” (noun): To be the person responsible for the care and nurture of sweet little people.
To “mom” (adjective): The act of caring and nurturing of sweet little people.
Let break down the noun version of “mom.” This is a huge responsibility for a person! It means sacrificing your physical body, mental state, social status, and your emotions sometimes daily! It is a tiring, yet so rewarding job! The identity of “mom” brings on so many feelings of satisfaction, but also the pressure of responsibility. I remember being so excited to hear my firstborn call me “ma-ma.” Its such a sweet memory. Now I hear my children call “mom” for so many reasons. It could be that they are looking for me just because they like to know where I am. Or it could be that they are hungry, scared, tired, hurt, or in need of a referee. Whatever the reason, being that person for them is a pleasure.
The adjective form of “mom” is hard to completely explain. It has many facets to it. It could mean wiping up the 2nd spill of the day at 8 am. Or it could be having Dad watch the kids so that you can have some time off. It could be seeing your children’s faces light up with excitement over the littlest things or nursing your children back to health. Whatever it takes to allow you to act on caring and nurturing your sweet little ones.
The noun version of “mom” is very appealing. Mothers tend to be associated with tender loving care. Who wouldn’t want to be looked at as a source of love?
The adjective version of “mom” is most often what I struggle with! It’s hard to know how to raise your children in the way they should go! It’s even harder to do it with love and care! An area of struggle for me is knowing when to spend time getting things done and when to stop work so that I can spend time with my children. I try to remember that they will not always need me so much, so I should find joy in being needed.
Regardless of which “mom” version I am at the moment, I do know that motherhood is a very unique experience. Every mom has their own story of how they became known as “mom.” There are so many happy and endearing moments of motherhood. Along with that, there are also very hard “help me have patience” and “I’m not sure I can do this” moments.
During this season of “mom”-ing I have found it especially encouraging when people have told me that I am doing a good job. It is such a simple thing to say, but in the midst of everything, it means the world. Offering encouraging words is one way anyone can show love to mom. Because being “mom” is a very important role, let’s help her to feel special and loved this Mother’s Day! God Bless!