Every where you turned last week mothers were in the spotlight. On my drive to work one day, the radio was hosting a call in show and the discussion revolved around how blessed they are (or were) to have their specific mother and the lessons they learned from her. I’ve long known that I’m one of the blessed ones, my mom was not only a cherished mom and grandma, but also my best friend. I could go on for pages how wonderful she was and the many lessons she taught me, but during this show my thoughts turned to my children.
Especially during the time around Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, we tend to focus on the lessons we learned from our parents. How often do we look at our children and recognize the things they taught us as well and the ways they helped us grow? The radio discussion turned to how as a mother we were chosen for a specific child, I also believe the reverse is true.
Either way you look at it, parents and children teach and learn from each other. Some lessons are painful, filled with hurt, heartbreak, and struggle. Others are filled with love, encouragement, and growth. Sometimes they completely change the trajectory of where you thought your life was headed. I could go on for pages listing all I learned from the generations on both sides of mine and I’m sure I’d never remember them all. I may not even recognize the impact some of them have had on my life. With God’s blessing, future grandchildren will have more lessons for me and I for them. May we never stop teaching, learning, and giving thanks.
Written for Sadje’s prompt, What do you see # 186- May 15, 2023- Mother’s Day
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