Last week, I made a trip to the market to buy a jar of pickles for my son’s science project. (The experiment – to find out which would grow mold faster: a bowl of spaghetti or a pickle.)
I visited our public library to return the books my son had used for a research project. (I had also checked out these books almost two months ago.)
I made chocolate chip cookies for dessert. (In all fairness, they were the break-apart and bake kind.)
I comforted my son during the night when he awoke from a bad dream. (He felt so uneasy, I wound up lying down on his rug until he fell back asleep just so I would be nearby.)
I played many rounds of “Heads Up.” (My son holds the record with 15 correct guesses.)
I cooked while trying to ignore the bowl of moldy spaghetti on my kitchen counter. (The pickle just shriveled up).
And in between all that, there were the meals and the clean-up. The bills that were paid. The plants that were watered. The zipper that was unstuck.
In other words, there are a million little, and not-so-little, things that moms do every day just because they are moms. Because they care about their children. Because no matter how they do it, all moms are basically trying to do the same thing – help their children be happy, healthy, and safe.