When You Thought I Wasn't Looking

January 6, 2015

Being a mom is hard, so hard... but so, so good. I struggle with what to make them for dinner, helping them with homework, reading to them, hanging out with them, losing my patience with them, tucking them in at night... the list goes on. None of that matters to them.


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And then I saw this quote and the words hit me like a ton of bricks:

"Be the Mom you want them to remember."

It reminded me of the poem, "When You Thought I Wasn't Looking" by Mary Rita Schilke Korzan:

When you thought I wasn't looking
You hung my first painting on the refrigerator
And I wanted to paint another.

When you thought I wasn't looking
You fed a stray cat
And I thought it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking
You baked a birthday cake just for me
And I knew that little things were special things.

When you thought I wasn't looking
You said a prayer
And I believed there was a God that I could always talk to.

When you thought I wasn't looking
You kissed me good-night
And I felt loved.

When you thought I wasn't looking
I saw tears come from your eyes
And I learned that sometimes things hurt -
But that it's alright to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking
You smiled
And it made me want to look that pretty too.

When you thought I wasn't looking
You cared
And I wanted to be everything I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking - I looked...
And wanted to say thanks
For all those things you did
When you thought I wasn't looking.

Teach by example, because you never know who is watching. I'm going to try harder to be the mom I want them to remember.

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