Being a mother might just be the world’s most important profession. But it isn’t easy. And it’s usually messy. Two stories remind me of this.
A mother of five in Wilmington, Delaware came home from shopping. As she walked up the steps to the house, she could see all five children through the screen door. They were gathered around something.
She wanted to see what it was, so she quietly crept up. Looking through the screen door, she saw that they were making a circle. Something was moving in the middle.
What was it?
Her heart stopped.
Right there in the circle were five baby skunks.
The mom instinctively cried, ‘Children, quick run!”
Each child grabbed a skunk and ran.
The other story is about an Ohio homemaker doing laundry. She was in the basement picking things up when she compulsively decided to take off her housedress and toss it in with the wash. She’d just set her hair in rollers and the pipes overhead were dripping on her hair. She spotted her son’s football helmet in the corner and pragmatically put it on.
There she stood stark naked, nothing but a helmet. Then she heard a cough and turned to look right into the eyes of the gas-electric meter reader.
As he headed for the door his only comment was, “Hope your team wins, lady.”
Motherhood is tough. One mother of three was asked, “If you had it to do over again would you have children?”
She replied, “Yes, but not the same ones.”
I know it’s difficult, but moms are so essential. Charles R. Swindoll said this:
There is no more influential or powerful role on earth than a mother’s. As significant as political, military, educational, or religious public figures may be, none can compare to the impact made by mothers. Their words are never fully forgotten, their touch leaves an indelible impression, and the memory o their presence lasts a lifetime. Who else is anywhere near that influential?
Hang in there moms. You do what nobody else can. We need you worse than ever.
An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. (Proverbs 31:10)
That’s the good news; now go have a great day.