With us being a few days from Mother’s Day and less than a month away, the days of honoring parents have a bit more importance now that I’m a month into fatherhood myself. Oh yeah, my little boy is a month old already! Don’t give me that, “Oh just you wait, he will be sixteen, driving, and being rebellious before you know it,” nonsense. That’s coming but we’re 15 years and 11 months from that. I’ll choose to savor the now.
I’ve always appreciated my parents, though I never expressed that very well in my adolescence. Actually, I don’t know if I scaled the mountains even as a young adult. Maybe now I can keep up a consistent show of honor and appreciation for my madre and padre. (Just give it a couple of minutes after I post this blog and you’ll see a loving comment from my mom; she’s my biggest fan.)
The goal in this whole intro to parenthood is to be patient and not let our lack of sleep make us ask a newborn baby why he’s fussy and won’t go to sleep (he can’t properly communicate so therefore, we get nothing). He’s content until he’s not. Why? Maybe he’s hungry, gassy, or just sufficiently crapped his khakis (the latest episode was quite charming). Who can say?! For my wife and I, we’re just trying to stay upright from day to day.
We won’t get any sense of appreciation for what we do for our baby boy for many years to come. Until then, we will have to do it ourselves. I told my wife already that she’s doing a great job. She’s at home with him while I’m at work (counting down the hours until I can get home to see them and relieve my wife to have some semblance of “peace and quiet”) and doing all she can to keep him alive, lol. After a month of observing her with him, I can already tell she’s got this motherhood business down.
I hope to encourage everyone to express some love and appreciation to your parents. Heck, express it to the mothers and fathers you have in your life that aren’t related in blood too. They are in need of a little honor and recognition as well. Don’t leave it for one day alone. Any time it comes to mind, throw out a text or do like we use to do before cell phones, make a phone call. Kind words go a long way (but dinner and gift go even further).
Let’s be better about showing and giving love to those who put you before them. If they didn’t, you wouldn’t be here or there or wherever you’re currently at.
Call to Action: You probably didn’t miss Mother’s Day but if you did for whatever the reason, reach out to your mom, grandma, aunt, or whoever it might be that has made a lasting impact in your life.