Mothers give even when we don’t deserve it

There’s an old, not-so-kind saying  — “He’s got a face only a mother could love.”

Now, we all know what that’s supposed to mean, but in all honesty, most of us also know there’s a truth behind the statement. Mothers are known for loving us ferociously, beyond our physical imperfections and also despite our other character flaws, sometimes to a fault.

Throughout our lives we test our mothers’ love. Truthfully, we are testing it before we are even born as they cower over toilets with morning sickness, bodies changing throughout nine months of what is surely not always “pure bliss,” all to bring us into this world.

While any mother will (depending on the day) tell you the joys of motherhood, we all know it’s also filled with not so appealing aspects.

It’s mothers who take combs and search our scalps for traces of vermin, applying shampoo in hopes of halting a lice infestation.

It’s mothers who still manage to smile when their snotty-nosed child delivers them a booger-filled Kleenex.

It’s mothers who rub our backs when we are sick and make (or heat up) chicken soup for upset stomachs. It’s also mothers who are on their hands and knees, scrubbing the floor when we didn’t quite make it to the bathroom during our illness. Motherhood is not for the faint of heart.

“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness,” said Honore de Balzac, a French novelist and playwright.

Isn’t that the truth?

As we grow older, we push boundaries, whether it’s something relatively minor such as wearing an insane amount of black eyeliner which may make a mom cry out in despair, or something more extreme like sneaking out and being delivered home in the back of a police officer’s vehicle. From young children to teens to even being adults, we sometimes say and do things that hurt our poor mothers’ hearts. Yet somehow, no matter what we have done, our mothers love us through what seems unlovable.

When you think about all the tasks mothers do for us and how much they love us, the whole thing truly doesn’t make much sense. Really, what have have we ever done for them?

Sure, there was the very crafty macaroni art card we made in kindergarten and you can’t really knock the occasional hand-picked dandelion bouquet, but those things seem to pale in comparison with what we are getting in return. While they shouldn’t have to shoulder it all alone, moms often act as counselor, chauffeur, chef, house cleaner and nurse.

Different mothers would like different gifts and recognition on Mother’s Day, but as a rule, you will never be able to buy your mom a gift worth as much as she’s given you throughout your life. More than likely, she probably wouldn’t want it if such a thing existed. Actually, she’d want you to have it. That’s just how mothers are.

So happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. We’ll never be able to thank you enough for your love, devotion and lice shampooing skills.

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