Sunday, May 11, 2008
You MUST be a good mother because... (a mother's story)
Willow Tree Mother and Son (I collect these)
One night after I had tucked 9 year old son Jonathan in, I sat at the foot of his bed and started to cry. I was feeling sad about something and my self esteem must've been pretty low that night. I apologized for not being a very good mother. I know that wasn't the best thing to say and I really was a good mother, but apparently didn't feel like I was that night. There were other stresses going on at the time which were affecting me deeply.
But when I said that...Jonathan immediately jumped out from under his covers and came over to hug me. Then he assuredly said, "But Mommy! You MUST be a good mother... because look how good "I" turned out!" I gave him a big hug and thanked him for telling me, praised him for being thoughtful and told him that I was proud of him.
After hearing him say that, I instantly felt better because I appreciated how he tried to comfort me, but even more importantly...I could see he had a good self esteem and that he knew what a good kid he was (still is) and yes..I had a lot to do with that. It really warmed my heart that he recognized his self worth and that he was so empathetic. This is one of my favorite things Jonathan said when he was a young boy. :)