Selfless

SELFLESS – concerned more with the needs & wishes of others than with one’s own

She carries you in her belly, with back pain, nausea & sleepless nights to boot. As hard as it is, she knows it will all be worth it. She is selfless.

She battles for hours to bring you into this world. An experience only another mother can relate to. She does not complain. She does not regret. She is selfless.

She holds you in her arms for the first time. She gives you love that is unsurpassed in this world. It is the love of a mother. She is selfless.

She brings you home for the first time. Have no fear. Your nursery is already filled with blankies, your bed, your clothes & your toys. She has been awaiting your arrival. She is selfless.

She trades the sleepless nights of pregnancy for the sleepless nights of nursing, and rocking you back to sleep. She is selfless.

She’s there the first time you crawl. She’s also there the first time you crawl your head into the corner of the furniture. Don’t worry. She’s there to take away the pain and tears. She is selfless.

She is there the first time you walk, the first word you talk, and the first time you use the big person potty. She is filled with joy from watching you grow. She is selfless.

She is there as she sends you off to your first day of kindergarten. She watches your little backpack scurry into school, a tiny piece of her heart breaking, for she knows this is just the beginning. She is selfless.

She helps you with your classes and homework. Who knew re-learning basic math & cursive hand-writing would be this tough. She is selfless.

She scratches your back as you cry over the jerk at school who made fun of you for wearing glasses or having braces. She feels the pain too, more than we know. She is selfless.

She cheers you on at sporting events, with drinks & snacks in tow. More than winning or losing, she cares that you have fun. She is selfless.

She sends you off to your first day of high school. Another little piece of her heart breaks. She knows what is ahead, and hopes she’s raised you well enough to make the right decisions. She is selfless.

She makes snacks for you and your friends after school. By this point, you are pretending she isn’t there. She trusts it’s just a phase and smiles anyway. She is selfless.

She hears you crying in your room after your first big breakup. She comes in and sits down. She does not pry. She does not prod. She just hugs you and loves on you to let you know she’s there. She is selfless.

She hears you crying in your room after the friends you thought you had decided you weren’t good enough anymore. She does not pry. She does not prod. She simply lets you know that you are good enough. And you are loved. She is selfless.

She is there at your high school graduation. Though she got you to this point, she is not the one being recognized. You are. And that’s just the way she wants it. She is selfless.

She helps you pack your car for college. With tears rolling down her cheeks, she sends you on your way. “Call me when you get there” is all that she can say. Another little piece of her heart breaks. She is selfless.

She goes about her life, always wondering how you’re doing. It’s the few & far between phone calls from campus that brighten her day. She loves hearing your voice and hearing about your life. They keep her going until the next phone call. She is selfless.

She is there at your college graduation. Though she got you to this point, she is not the one being recognized. You are. And that’s just the way she wants it. She is selfless.

She awaits your phone call after your first day in the “real world”. She knows you did great your first day on the job. How could you do any wrong? She raised you after all. She is selfless.

She greets this mystery person you’ve been dating with an enormous welcoming hug. Anyone that is good enough for her child is good enough for her. She is selfless.

She cries on the phone as you tell her the good news. You now have a wedding to plan with the person you’re going to spend the rest of your life with. She feels your joy as only a mother can. She is selfless.

She watches you walk down the aisle. She is reminded of the day she watched you walk into kindergarten, the day she sent you off to your first day of high school & the day she watched your car drive away to college. A little piece of her heart breaks. She is selfless.

As you are joined to your spouse, she knows she doesn’t have you to herself anymore. This is the end of that road, and the beginning of a new one. But no matter how old you grow, you will always be her child. No matter how far away you are, you will always be her child. No matter how many times a tiny piece of her heart breaks, you will always be her child.

For she is mom. She is selfless.

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