On Mother's Day, motherhood is so sentimentalized we forget the day-in-day-out chores of motherhood. Now that I'm a mother myself, I know how unglamorous it can sometimes be, stuck with a couple of kids - kids who are so absorbed and delighted with scooping sand into buckets that they don't even know you're there.
I love this photo of my mother. Just steps away from her chair, my brother and I were playing in a sandbox, busy busy busy.
I don't know what her thoughts were. Was she bored? Dreaming? Was she wondering why she, a recent college graduate in Chemistry, was now sitting by a sandbox watching two toddlers? Was she simply relaxed, caught in between smiles or words? Was she wishing someone not take her picture?
But there she is. Watching us play. Committed to being our Mom, through all the dull moments and all the sweet ones.
We're just more fun to play with now.