I was mulling over a totally different post for this photo until I ran into another young mom in the bathroom. I heard the all too familiar cry of a young baby and then heard her shuffle into one of the adjacent stalls with a toddler. My eyes welled with tears as I listened her speak to her daughter. Her voice was full of grace and patience, not frustration like mine totally would be if I was in the same situation with a screaming infant and a toddler who made it to the toilet just in time.
We happened to leave the bathroom at the same time. I saw her precious, tiny baby girl and another daughter who couldn’t have been older than 4. I held the door open for her as she guided her three girls into the hallway. “You’re doing an amazing job- I know you don’t hear that enough”. She smiled and went on her way. I went on mine.
Then I got hit with the thought “what if she does hear that enough?”. What if I’m just some weirdo in the bathroom with an unsolicited opinion? Maybe her husband texts her 100 times a day just to tell her that she’s being an amazing mom?
No woman hears that enough.
Shoot, I know I didn’t say that to my mom enough. I still don’t say it to her enough. I don’t say it to my mother in law enough. To my grandma enough. To my cousins enough. To my aunts enough. To my girlfriends enough. To my mentors enough. To my coworkers enough. To my single friends enough. To my married-child free friends enough. Even to stranger mamas in the bathroom. I don’t say it enough.
So I’m gonna say it. Really loud, so everyone in the back can hear it:
YOU’RE DOING AN AMAZING JOB.
You’re the heart of your home. The value instiller and character builder in your kids. You’re a hard worker. You sacrifice your time, energy, and sleep for the betterment of your friends and family. And you’re killing it.