I’m sitting here on this Mother’s Day thinking about June Cleaver and how much the world has changed. I can see her in her immaculate kitchen with her little immaculate apron. Just the picture of perfection.
Now, I wasn’t that kind of a mother, myself, not exactly June Cleaver, but I think I did all right.
I saw a meme on social media this morning that said, “All mothers are slightly insane.”
I guess it is a little bit crazy, trying to turn our little animals into civilized human beings. To try to take this little being that eats with her hands and miraculously transform her into one that drives a car, votes, holds conversation, and works a job, is no short order.
Gone by the wayside is that June Cleaver image. Put that image out of your head. Motherhood looks like many different things and none are any less valid than any others.
If you manage to get your little being to eat with a fork, you’re doing a marvelous job, and don’t let anybody tell you different.
Let’s stop judging each other by those old standards. Let’s stop tearing each other down and start building each other up.
Motherhood looks like many different things. Whether you bottle feed or not. Whether you stay at home or not. Whether you had a C-section or not. Whether they are step-kids or not. Whether you cook from scratch or order take out. Whether you are a mother, step-mother, or a single dad. You’re taking these small beings and transforming them into card-carrying members of society, so kudos to you.
To all mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day.