You are not the extra pounds you are carrying around your midsection.
You are the safe spot your children seek for comfort.
You are not the cellulite you notice on your legs.
You are the strength that supports your family.
You are not the picture of your twenty-something self in a bikini.
That person was only the beginning of the complete package you are becoming now.
You are not the crow’s feet around your eyes.
You are the one who watches over your children and protects them like a hawk.
You are not the dirty dishes in the kitchen sink.
You are the one who feeds and nourishes and keeps bellies happy and full.
You are not the mountain of dirty laundry piled high on the floor.
You are the one who lets them play in the yard and get dirt under their fingernails.
You are not the time you lost it and screamed at your kids in the middle of the grocery store.
You are the one screaming the loudest for them on the sidelines of the ball field.
You are not the mom who dropped her kids off at the wrong time for practice.
You are the mom who performs superhuman logistical feats on an hourly basis.
You are not the mom who forgot about that kid’s party.
You are the one who remembers birthdays and anniversaries day in and day out, year after year.
You are not the mom who forgot to pay the electric bill.
You are the one who keeps your children warm and safe.
You are not the mom who said something she wishes she could take back.
You are the mom who makes mistakes and then learns from them.
You are not the mom who sent her kid into school when he told you he was sick and you didn’t believe him.
You are the one who has spent countless hours comforting him in the middle of the night.
You are not the mom who has let your kids down.
You are the one who is holding them up.
And you are the mom that they need.