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It Takes One to Know One

by Laura Bowles | 8 months ago

You know that old saying “it take one to know one,” well that’s how I feel about Mother’s Day.  I know it’s cliche, but I never truly understood the love that someone could have for another person until I became a mom.

Looking back on my life, I was raised by two very strong-minded women (my mom and my grandmother).  My mom worked a lot, often times leaving the house early in the morning and returning late in the evening when it was either time for bed or sometimes after I was even asleep.  She’d also work overtime on certain occasions which meant even longer stints of sometimes not seeing her.  She did this because she was the “breadwinner,” she had to be.  She also did it because to her, that’s what being a mother was about, trying her best to give me the best.

My grandmother was the consistent anchor in my life.  She was always there from sun up to sun down, making sure I had everything I needed (not necessarily everything I wanted) and keeping me on the straight and narrow path (and oh boy did I try and push the boundaries).  There were so many times in life where I could not understand my grandmother’s rationale for the things she made me do, or the things I was not allowed to do.  Even though she is no longer living, my grandmother will always have a special place in my heart. Similar to my mom, my grandmother always tried her best to make sure my life was as balanced as possible.  No matter the outcome, their best is what my grandmother gave and what my mom still gives.

Now that I am a mother, there is no greater job than doing my best to raise my girls with as much dignity and respect as I can.  I guess you can say I had a great foundation from which I learned from. It’s not about being perfect, because mistakes are inevitable, it’s about doing what you can to guide your little humans down this road called life.

So to all the mothers out there, I hear you! We’re all just trying to do our best. And at the end of the day, your best is what will stick with your child(ren) for years to come.