Erma Bombeck On A Mother’s Love

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

As we celebrate our moms on Mother’s Day, we thought it would be fun to read what one of the 20th century’s most famous Moms wrote about motherhood.  

Erma Bombeck On A Mother’s Love 

“You don’t love me!”  How many times have your kids laid that one on you?  And how many times have you, as a parent, resisted the urge to tell them how much?

Someday, when my children are old enough to understand the logic
that motivates a mother, I’ll tell them:

I loved you enough to bug you about where you were going, with
whom, and what time you would get home.

I loved you enough to be silent and let you discover your hand-
picked friend was a creep.

I loved you enough to make you return a Milky Way with a bite out
of it to a drugstore and confess,  “I stole this.”

I loved you enough to stand over you for two hours while you
cleaned your bedroom, a job that would have taken me 15 minutes.

I loved you enough to not make excuses for your lack of respect or
your bad manners.

I loved you enough to ignore  “what every other mother”  did.

I loved you enough to figure you would lie about the party being
chaperoned but forgive you for it….after discovering I was right.

I loved you enough to let you stumble, fall and fail so that you
could learn to stand alone.

I loved you enough to accept you for what you are, not what I
wanted you to be.

But most of all, I loved you enough to say no when you hated me
for it.   That was the hardest part of all. 
 
                                                 Erma Bombeck

Erma Bombeck was a popular humorist in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, writing columns about motherhood and suburban life, and publishing 15 books that became instant best sellers.                                            

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