My lovely wife is a great mom. Last summer she decided to be frugal and take our kids to one of the free movies showing at the theater with a girlfriend and her kids. They had a total of nine kids between them (which I think is the maximum amount of children you can have with only two adults supervising.)
Now, as most moms do, they chatted away and waited for the theater to open while all nine kids played on the benches and the escalator. It didn’t seem to be a problem since the escalator wasn’t going anywhere and it was free babysitting. All was going fine until my niece ran up to Laura and said, “Auntie Laura, Thaddeus fell on the escalator and his knee is gushing blood!” Apparently the free babysitter wasn’t as safe as they had thought it would be.
My wife decided to leave eight of the kids with her friend and take our wounded child to urgent-care. This was a great idea except on the way to care with our five year old son my wife realized that he was a little too much for her to carry. She tripped on a curb and dropped him in the bushes and then she fell on top of him. To make matters worse she was laughing the whole time because she always laughs when she’s nervous or scared.
When we finally met up at the urgent-care the doctor told us that he would need about five stitches. I didn’t think this would be that big of a problem until the doctor, who apparently didn’t have much experience treating kids, tried to numb his wound. It took four of us to hold him down for the shots. It honestly was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Looking over at my wife, while listening to my son scream for his life, I saw an endless flow of tears coming down her face. She gently leaned over to my son’s ears and whispered “I love you, I’m so sorry… my baby.”
I don’t think I have ever been more proud of her as a mom than I was at that moment. Sure, she dropped him in a bush when he was injured, but she was still living out one of the greatest characteristics of a mom. These are the same characteristics that God shows to us when he says, “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.” (Jeremiah 31:2)
Every step of that day my wife walked with my son. In love and compassion she held him close to herself. She’s a great mom. Maybe this Mother’s Day we should show some real appreciation to all the moms who have made a few mistakes and shed many tears and showed us genuine love. We couldn’t do it without moms.