Despite a painful upbringing, I was able to bring two amazing people into the world and feel the most incredible joy in their smallest delights and developments.Wanting to keep their world safe and be there to see them become themselves in their own unique ways was (and is still) the best feeling in the world. Yet this was also heartbreaking because I was suddenly rawly aware of exactly how it was missing from my early life. I immediately stopped sending Mother's Day cards to the alcoholic narcissist who often said "having kids was the worst thing that ever happened to me.” I became the mother I needed, both for my kids and myself.
Raising a child, starting your career, finding yourself and getting an education are some of the hardest things most people will ever achieve in their lifetime.In many cases the father leaves or is unwilling to accept responsibility in the first place and they are left to be a single, teenage parent. We had so many great entries for our Mother’s Day Essay Contest (read our May 2014 issue for more essays) that we didn’t want to limit ourselves by only publishing only the winner and honorable mentions. By Gina Johansen of Wakefield I always knew I wanted to be a Mom. I knew I wanted to love, nurture, teach, protect and respect my child. After many years and many losses and many prayers – I was blessed with the gift of my son, Joshua. I do so love all the challenges and rewards that motherhood brings. By Linda Orel of Sharon Being a mom has been the most joyful experience of my life. She gives by allowing me to be imperfect by sharing her unconditional love, affection and admiration.Many, while finding their experiences tough and challenging, have no regrets and are happy with where they are, in the long term.They still of course wish, that things could have been easier, so they could have enjoyed being a parent and having first born even more, maybe with a husband and without all the added stress.Here are five other entries that we felt deserved special recognition and attention. I've loved watching him grow from a happy, playful baby into a very active, outgoing, loving, smart, silly, kind and compassionate little boy. I love watching him learn and create and grow into the beautiful little boy he was created to be. My life is so much richer, fuller and more meaningful because I have the privilege of being a Mother. Being a mom has made me into the person I was meant to be. She gives by challenging me to be my best, enabling me to be more patient, generous and thoughtful. When he was born, the moment I saw his big eyes is a moment I will never ever forget: overwhelming joy. Maybe it made me a better Mom and made me appreciate life and its challenges so much more.These two little miracles I gave birth to showed me that I could survive watching the same cartoon movie twice a day the whole week through, and I could still manage with mere four hours of sleep, or even less.I found out that it’s OK to share my favorite chocolate bar and that I could be a queen of multitasking.I can’t imagine my life without my two naughty boys who have made me more patient and let me rediscover my childhood.Lastly, the journey of motherhood revealed to me that my heart no longer beats inside my body.