Thursday, October 12, 2006
In my books, ALL moms are supermoms. All in varying degrees.
Today, I want to honor a few. It just so happens that I've met them all at the twin's preschool which is not "just a school" but a community. A lot of moms have sat on that bench watching their kids play. A lot of stories, some happy, some sad have been shared there. Here are a few of their stories.
Yesterday, a new baby boy was born. The fourth child to a mom who is a full-time high school math teacher. Her other children are 5, 3 and 2. So yesterday morning at 6:30 am she had her first contraction. Less than an hour later, she gave birth in the front seat of the family's vehicle. They were on their way to the hospital and ended up pulling over in a gas station. And today, she came to pick up her other kids from the school! I just had to give her one big hug!!
This other mom obtained her law degree while having kids. She now has a 10, 8, 6 and 4 year old and a 6 month old baby boy who was born a few weeks before they moved to their new house. She just started a two years Master's degree in a university in an other city! She commutes back and forth, 3-4 days here and 3-4 days there. AND her baby boy is still solely breast fed. Yep, she pumps between classes in her car. What stamina. I wish her luck and give her a big hug each time I see her.
Then there is the other mom who had to abruptly leave her husband. He was abusing their daughter, a fact that just a select few know. With nowhere to go, one of the other mom's invited her over to live with them. This mom whose life has been turned upside down doesn't have a job. The husband is giving her zilch. She doesn't have the money to keep her child in this pre-school. The director of the school, concerned for the welfare of this child and not wanting to disrupt her life any further, has agreed to keep her on at no cost. And a few of us moms sent out a letter asking to anonymously provide cash donations. Helping others in time of need demonstrates compassion. We wish her all well.
If only compassion was a universal theme. If only our global village showed a sense of community. If only supermoms ruled. Ahh, the things that would be accomplished!