A Mother’s Hope

Throughout her children’s lives, a mother hopes…

her baby will be born healthy

the baby will go to sleep

the baby will stop crying

the fever will go down

her doctor is wrong

physical therapy will fix it

she won’t miss her child’s first steps

she can handle two kids under three

she can survive the terrible twos…twice

she can learn patience

her two children love one another

her firstborn knows he isn’t replaced

she can survive the first day of kindergarten…twice

her daughter will try new foods

her son isn’t too old for hugs in second grade

her daughter’s spirit won’t be crushed by mean girls

her kids find themselves a lot quicker and easier than she did

she can handle their disappointments

she can make the pain go away

she doesn’t try to fight their fights for them

the car pulls up in the driveway every night

she can show them how to be the bigger person

a late-night phone call has her child’s voice on the other end and not bad news

she teaches her kids to laugh at themselves

she can send them to college without bawling, even though she’s been crying about it for years

her children find their place in this world

her kids remember everything she taught themrelay for hope 2012

I’m participating in Melanie Crutchfield’s Blog Relay for Hope. Mary at A Teachable Mom handed me the baton. Be sure to check them out.

I’d like to invite Five Uninterrupted Minutes, Ice Scream Mama, Cozzi’s Corner, Welcome to Grace, and Fortyteen Candles to write a post about hope. If you’re interested, just link up to me and the bloggers you plan to recruit.

Melanie Crutchfield will be holding “Closing Ceremonies” around August 10 and will gather up little bits from people who wrote about hope, so link back to her.

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24 responses to “A Mother’s Hope

  1. I love this. It’s beautiful. I may be too snarky to be beautiful… but i can hope.

  2. Other than the fact that I only have one child (if you don’t count Wonderbutt and Mrs. P.I.B.) this list is a perfect representation of every one of my hopes.

  3. I enjoy list poems. This was a good one.

  4. So good…so many lines just hit home with me. Thank you!

  5. Perfect! This is one of the most touching posts I’ve read. What mother can’t identify with all these? Isn’t it funny how many of them balance perilously between hope and fear? Have a lovely day.

  6. I knew you’d wow me! A touching representation of a parent’s hope, beautifully expressed. Lovely!

  7. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: kids, they will eff you up. So much love and concern and hope and fear, all tied into tiny little bodies that you have so little control over (even though I like to believe otherwise).

    Thank you so much for taking the baton!

  8. Thanks for inviting me to write for hope! Loved your post!

  9. What a great list. I can relate to so much of it (pretty much all of it, actually)…and tell me the first day of kindergarten isn’t scary! It’s coming up in a few weeks! Ack

  10. You hit the nail on the head – whether your kids are entering kindergarten or finishing college (like my oldest is this year) the list is really the same for all of us. thank you!

  11. As a mother of two under two (and one on the way) I completely agree and I love your list!

  12. Amazing how many on your list speak directly to me. Beautiful post.

  13. Pingback: Hope 2012: Closing Ceremonies « Melanie Crutchfield

  14. You have captured a mother’s wishes beautifully in this post, It is always nice to find someone else who thinks about the same things as you. Thanks for the connection. I have nominated you for an award, you can collect it here
    https://innerangelsandenemies.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/another-award-oh-my/
    Blessings to you!

  15. I really enjoy your blog, and as a token of my appreciation for what you do I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award
    http://fourdoodlesandataco.com/2012/08/15/awwww-im-so-chuffed-one-lovely-blog-award/

  16. Wow I love this… and its so true.. to learn patience

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