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Maternity

May9

For a third of my life now, I’ve been a mother.

I used to find Mother’s Day endlessly conflicting, especially as a new mother. Here was a day where I was supposed to celebrate being a mother, and there I was, working my ass off, trying to please the other mothers in my life; neither of whom particularly cared for me.

When I stopped trying to please them, I found that I was much happier.

I don’t feel conflicted anymore. Because while this is a holiday where I am supposed to be loved and cherished and honored by my children above all other mothers, I know that a shitty brunch of undercooked Eggs Benedict won’t ever say what your grimy outstretched arms do every day: you love me.

I know this.

So today is really about you, my children, the inexplicable three chunks of my heart forever walking around outside of my body. I’m not sure how they physically removed my heart and divided it up like that, but there you have it. In your veins, my blood flows; my heart pumps in your tiny, fragile chests.

I hope that you all grow to know how proud I am of you; how proud I am to know each of you. How I’ve marveled over each of your fingers and kissed them one by one while you slept on my chest as infants, and how my heart has swelledΒ until I thought it would burst in my chest when you mastered something new.

How I’ve wept, wishing that I could save you the bumps and bruises that are coming down the road by taking them for you. How I want you to grow to be tall and proud, standing up for what you believe in and helping those who have no voice. How I want you to be sure that there is so, so much good in this crazy, mixed up world, and how I want you to add to this good by being who you are.

Because you are all such wonderful people.

I hope that you can forgive me for the mistakes I’ve made. I’m bound to fuck you up in all sorts of ways I can imagine and many that I can’t. I hope that you can forgive me for calling you crotch parasites (even though you all are) and teaching you to swear prolifically.

Preemptively, I’m sorry.

But there’s not a day that goes by that I’m not proud to call you all my children. So Happy Mother’s Day, my babies. Without you, I simply wouldn’t be me.

And a Happy Mother’s Day to you, my Pranksters. To all of you who have children to celebrate with here on Earth, to those of you who are struggling to be mothers, and to those of you whose treasures are in Heaven.

A Happy Mother’s Day to all of you.

62 Comments to

“Maternity”

  1. On May 9th, 2010 at 12:31 am Natalie Says:

    Love it.

  2. On May 9th, 2010 at 12:41 am Clair Says:

    Beautiful post, Aunt Becky.

  3. On May 9th, 2010 at 1:09 am Nicole Says:

    Thanks for including us wannabe moms!

  4. On May 9th, 2010 at 1:19 am karen Says:

    That. Is. Beautiful. Thanks. Happy Mother’s Day to you, Becky, you are superb and sublime. I’m so glad I found you.

  5. On May 9th, 2010 at 2:55 am Saffy Says:

    This is one prankster who’s feeling pretty teary eyed after reading your post. Esp the phrase “the inexplicable three chunks of my heart forever walking around outside of my body” – yep, I can relate to that. Totally. Happy Mother’s Day Becky – you are a fantabulous mom.

  6. On May 9th, 2010 at 3:35 am Emma Says:

    Awww…..that’s so cute!!! Happy Mothers Day!

  7. On May 9th, 2010 at 4:35 am Misty Says:

    “Here was a day where I was supposed to celebrate being a mother, and there I was, working my ass off, trying to please the other mothers in my life; ”

    Aunt Becky, you took the words right out of my mouth.

    Happy Mother’s Day to you too!!!

  8. On May 9th, 2010 at 4:48 am Mommy on the Spot Says:

    So beautiful! Happy Mother’s Day!

  9. On May 9th, 2010 at 5:00 am Andrea Says:

    Happy Mother’s Day! You are truly a mother to admire!

  10. On May 9th, 2010 at 6:23 am Maria Says:

    *sniffle*

  11. On May 9th, 2010 at 5:23 am Sara R. Says:

    So well said!

    I totally agree with you that it’s tough to please the other mothers AND enjoy the day yourself, so my husband and I have decided to make actual mothers day about our moms, and then I get a “mothers day observed” a couple weeks later. That way we can honor our moms but I still get a day to myself (and it’s easier to make brunch reservations when it’s not actually mother’s day!)

    Happy Mothers day to all the mommies!

  12. On May 9th, 2010 at 5:38 am vingleburt wingeldank Says:

    beautiful post… absolutely beautiful. πŸ™‚

  13. On May 9th, 2010 at 7:31 am Natalie Says:

    Perfect! Couldn’t have said it better πŸ™‚

  14. On May 9th, 2010 at 7:40 am stacey@Havoc&Mayhem Says:

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  15. On May 9th, 2010 at 7:57 am MamaCas Says:

    Happy Mother’s Day….what a perfect post.

  16. On May 9th, 2010 at 8:04 am The Mercurial Wife Says:

    Lovely post! Happy Mother’s Day to you too! ;p

  17. On May 9th, 2010 at 9:14 am Amy Mayfield Says:

    Since the hubs is in Iraq and bratchild swears she can’t cook (she’s 8-what has she been learning?) we celebrated by sleeping late, eating Krispy Kreme doughnuts and watching Scooby Doo.
    Of course, the Scooby Doo has Scrappy Doo in it which ruins it for me and I may be nauseous from the 3 chocolate iced glazed doughnuts I ate BUT I know I am crazy lucky and bratchild is amazing.

  18. On May 9th, 2010 at 9:28 am Peggy Brister Says:

    You gave me a lump in my throat reading that shit man. NOT COOL!! Tell me to shut my whore mouth. I am sure there is some show on right now you want to watch, but don’t get so mushy on me!! I’m not that weepy fucking girl dude!! πŸ™

  19. On May 9th, 2010 at 9:35 am Shin Ae Says:

    Yes. And Happy Mother’s Day to you.

  20. On May 9th, 2010 at 9:01 am Samantha Says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for putting in words what we all feel. Happy Mothers Day!!

  21. On May 9th, 2010 at 9:01 am Samantha Says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for putting in words what we all feel. Happy Mothers Day!!

  22. On May 9th, 2010 at 9:08 am pattypunker Says:

    *wipes tears* i am the thankful one today, too. i will receive beautiful things wrapped in boxes and an awesome dinner without lifting a finger, but none of this is necessary because being a mother to my daughter is a gift i cherish more than anything. she gives my life meaning and love. she is all of the glitter and sparkle i will ever need.

    happy mother’s day to you, too! xoxo

  23. On May 9th, 2010 at 9:09 am Dayngr Says:

    Damn you for making me cry, I’m already a weepy mushy mess now that I’m a mom!

    Swinging by to wish you a very happy Mother’s Day filled with laughter and love!

  24. On May 9th, 2010 at 9:23 am carrie meadows Says:

    There is a page in Hayden’s baby book where I am supposed to write a letter to him. It is still blank, because I can’t find a way to say it this well. I loved reading this.

  25. On May 9th, 2010 at 9:47 am Calliope Says:

    Well said. Happy Mother’s Day!

  26. On May 9th, 2010 at 9:53 am Aunt Juicebox Says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to you, too. I’ve noticed over the years that Mother’s Day is more important to kids than it is to their mothers, so you are right about it being more about them than about us.

  27. On May 9th, 2010 at 9:57 am Erinn Says:

    That was very beautiful aunt becky. I have worked every mothers day since I have become a mom. But it’s not about the day itself….it’s the feeling of knowing that I am loved by my children and that I wouldn’t be who I am now without them.

    Happy Mothers Day to you!

  28. On May 9th, 2010 at 11:15 am Ms. Moon Says:

    And to you, dear woman/mother. And to you!

  29. On May 9th, 2010 at 10:38 am Melissa Says:

    “sniffs” “wipes tear”… Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  30. On May 9th, 2010 at 11:08 am katrina Says:

    Happy Mom’s Day Aunt Becky!!!……you made me cry again….”i’m not sure how they physically removed my heart and divided it up like that…”—-exactly right—-and somehow, our hearts become even bigger .Have a wonderful day and enjoy your awesome children!

  31. On May 9th, 2010 at 11:58 am Empresso Says:

    Happy Mother’s Day Aunt Becky!

  32. On May 9th, 2010 at 1:11 pm Krissa Says:

    Awww! The title of this post immediately made me think of big flowing tops and comfy jeans. And then it got EVEN better.
    Happy Mother’s Day, Sweet Pea!

  33. On May 9th, 2010 at 1:41 pm blueviolet Says:

    Aw heck, I know you’re not screwing up those kids in the least! You’re a great mom. Happy Mother’s Day!

  34. On May 9th, 2010 at 1:54 pm Tracie Says:

    Happy Mother’s Day!!!!

  35. On May 9th, 2010 at 2:09 pm Rebecca Says:

    Happy Mother’s Day Aunt Becky!!

  36. On May 9th, 2010 at 2:11 pm Mwa Says:

    Happy mother’s day to you as well!

  37. On May 9th, 2010 at 2:31 pm cathyjoy Says:

    *snuffle, snort* *wipe snotty face on shirt* damn girl! this is one post that cannot even contain the Awesome…

    happy mother’s day aunt becky – love you to bits!

  38. On May 9th, 2010 at 5:54 pm SciFi Dad Says:

    Warm and squishy Aunt Becky frightens me to my very core.

    TO MY VERY CORE.

    Happy Mother’s Day, my friend.

    (Also: is the fact that parts of your heart are walking around outside your body the reason you appear heartless most of the time?)

  39. On May 9th, 2010 at 7:26 pm a Says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to you! Only you can make the phrase “crotch parasites” sound so loving!

  40. On May 9th, 2010 at 8:32 pm Kristin Says:

    Happy Mother’s Day Aunt Becky…such a beautiful post.

  41. On May 9th, 2010 at 10:32 pm Lucy Says:

    What a beautiful post!

  42. On May 9th, 2010 at 11:55 pm subWOW Says:

    “Preemptively, I’m sorry.”

    This is how I feel every day.

    I wish I had read this post earlier. THIS is the correct perspective to view this ridiculous, IMO, angst-ridden because I am neurotic, holiday. If I had read this I would’ve been able to save myself some craziness today.

    Happy Mother’s Day to you, dear Aunt Becky. For someone so young, you are truly wise beyond your age.

  43. On May 9th, 2010 at 11:32 pm beta dad Says:

    I wish my mom would have taught me to swear. I had to learn on the street.

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  44. On May 10th, 2010 at 12:59 am baseballmom Says:

    loved it, girlfriend…happy mother’s day to you too!

  45. On May 10th, 2010 at 7:54 am Wombat Central Says:

    Back atcha, momma (you have to say that in an Elvis voice)!

  46. On May 10th, 2010 at 8:53 am Badass Geek Says:

    Happy Belated Mother’s Day, Becky. You rock.

  47. On May 10th, 2010 at 7:57 am foradifferentkindofgirl (fadkog) Says:

    Beautiful, beautiful! I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day with your babies.

  48. On May 10th, 2010 at 10:47 am Trista Says:

    Wonderful post, Becky – Happy (belated) Mother’s Day to you. It’s kinda hokey to say it, but my kid changed my life. Thanks for the reminder that Mother’s Day isn’t all about me (except it is, mostly).

  49. On May 10th, 2010 at 9:53 am Mrs Soup Says:

    Your children are truly blessed. <3

  50. On May 10th, 2010 at 12:13 pm Kate Says:

    Happy belated Mother’s Day to you, too. Sorry I’m late ~ it’s the story of my life these days! πŸ™‚

    I love it when you show the tender side of yourself, even for a moment. It makes you all the more Awesome.

  51. On May 10th, 2010 at 11:18 am Regina Says:

    Made me cry at work again! Damn you!

  52. On May 10th, 2010 at 12:18 pm Jenn Says:

    You are the only person I read whose posts ALWAYS elicit some kind of emotion. I’ve never been an outwardly emotional person but I often find myself laughing out loud or, as with this post, fighting back tears.
    I’m so glad that you are you, and that your kids have you. They are some lucky.

  53. On May 10th, 2010 at 1:50 pm Betty M Says:

    And back at you.

  54. On May 10th, 2010 at 5:58 pm mumma boo Says:

    Beautiful, Becks. Happy Belated Mother’s Day to you. *smooches*

  55. On May 10th, 2010 at 10:39 pm pamajama Says:

    You’re wonderful when you’re funny, but you’re possibly even better when you’re not πŸ™‚ XO

  56. On May 11th, 2010 at 2:31 am Kelly (Your Life, Organized) Says:

    I absolutely love your site! I started watching you about a month ago, but this post about being a Mom got me! Especially the part about the 3 chunks of your heart walking around outside your body! I love the way you describe things, cuss words an all!! Bravo Mom, for putting out there real thoughts and perspectives!

  57. On May 11th, 2010 at 4:09 pm Lindsey Says:

    And a happy mothers day back to you.

  58. On May 13th, 2010 at 6:58 am CycleNinja Says:

    Becks, you’re lucky you’re not getting billed for the Kleenex.

    Much love.

  59. On September 9th, 2010 at 10:51 am Beth H Says:

    Dood…I cant believe that lamebrain copied your post!! *sigh* integrity is fantastic πŸ˜›
    Thanks for being you though πŸ˜‰

  60. On September 9th, 2010 at 1:08 pm Sandra Says:

    Wow you really have a different way of saying things.

  61. On December 18th, 2011 at 4:53 pm - Mommy Wants Vodka Says:

    […] I was reminded of this morning, when I woke up to an inbox stuffed full of messages telling me that my Mother’s Day post from this year had been stolen by a notorious blog plagiarizer. She changed the date so it […]

  62. On April 29th, 2012 at 2:39 am Devan Says:

    Hey Becky, I am so f’n bored at work so I go and start digging into some of your old stuff. I randomly selected 9/2010…? Found all the John C Mayer stuff (thank God, I was wondering about all that) and then I somehow got to the assmuch stealing your stuff and had to come read this. It is AH-MAY-zing! No wonder the piece of shit stole it! If I were an asshat theif I would steal it too! I love it and it made me cry, as my heart is also walking around outside my body in two chunks. I think you should repost for this mothers day. Love you babe!

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