Sunday, May 10, 2009

mother's day

"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy.
No man does. That is his."
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

While I certainly determined nearly every day of years 12-14, after slamming a door or stomping out of a room (sometimes both) "I'm NEVER GOING TO BE LIKE YOU, mom!" it seems inevitable.

I knew I was doomed when my 3 year old got out of bed for the bazillionth time and said "mommy, my eyes hurt"
and I answered "then close them!"

And when he asked "why?"
and I answered, "because I'm the mom; that's why!"

When I gleefully retreat into my lamp-lit bedroom, prop myself up with pillows and open my novel, I have become my mother.

When I get out my iPhone & use the calculator to determine how much I'm paying per diaper or per ounce for something, I have become my mother.

Tragic as it may be, considering how adamantly I proclaimed I'd never be, I have become my mother in many ways.

For most, I'm deeply grateful.
Carter & Lilah will be too.
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