Today I was working with a woman who works full time as a physician and is a single mom to four children. Once again I was struck by how much mothers have to do to keep their lives and the lives of their children sane!
We spent an hour sorting through clothes of her older son, identifying those clothes that the younger son might wear and those that could be given away. Kids grow! That means they grow out of clothes and those clothes need to be removed from their closets and dresser drawers. If they can be handed down to another sibling, they have to be labeled and stored somehow. Then you have to remember to get them out for the other child.
If you have four children, multiply this process by four. And, moms probably need to do this process at least once a year, maybe twice if children have growth spurts. Whew! No wonder my client has difficulty finding time to spend with friends or to keep her own room neat and organized.
I found myself wondering if fathers and children are even conscious about this one area of home maintenance that goes on year after year until children leave home. I certainly don’t remember my mother doing that kind of annual review and purge. She probably did it, but I didn’t notice or even care that she did it. It’s one of those tasks that gets done, but goes unnoticed. And, there are many maintenance tasks like that.
Moms are wonderful! They do those annoying and boring tasks because they need to be done. They do them as a matter of course, not expecting accolades from others. If your mother is still living, call or visit her and thank her for all she did for you as a child. It was a pretty thankless job. And, you benefitted from it even if you weren’t aware of all she did. Don’t wait until Mother’s Day. Thank her today!
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