Mothers and Groundhogs


Dr. James Spinnati



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Mother’s Day is here at last, rejoice Mom. Never mind when your children tell you, “Leave the dishes today Mom it is your day you shouldn’t be working. After all, you can do them tomorrow!” And Mom don’t grieve because secretaries and pickles receive one full week of national acclaim while you, like the Ground Hog, only get one day. Don’t get down even though many will treat this day just like any other day!

Being a mother is tough because you have to live up to everyone else’s expectations. When your kids look for the perfect mother she exists in your child’s mind as everybody else’s mom. The mom that they perceive is right out of a story book. In fact, she is the answer to every child’s prayer. This mother likes snakes, spiders, frogs, all kinds of creepy crawly insects, ice cream for supper, unmade beds, rooms in disarray, and she could care less if you stay out all night! Yes my friends that vision is the way many children perceive the perfect mother! Yet in reality she only exists in the deep recesses of a child’s mind!

We all know that this is not reality. But I want you to reflect for a minute. What is Mother’s Day to most moms? Mother’s Day in reality is those precious first shoes, that you still keep, that your first born wore when leaving the hospital and coming home. It is the plaster hand imprint that your daughter made in kindergarten that was randomly painted in rainbow colors. Mother’s Day is remembering the heart shaped paper that said, “I love you Mom” written in macaroni. Mother’s Day my friends are all the little things that you remember as a mother that have never crossed your child’s mind. It is the first glimpse of your child at birth, the first steps that your daughter took and the first time the “Tooth Fairy” visited your child’s room. It is when your son hugged you and told you how pretty you are and how much he loves you. That is what Mother’s Day is all about. It is not about flowers, cards, and meals out. No my friends Mother’s Day is about memories.

This Mother’s Day make it your personal business to make another memory that only you will remember. One that will make you smile when you think about it. Remember, time is short and you only have them for a little while; enjoy the ride. So don’t get upset that you and the Ground Hog only get one day. Instead, smile and remember that Ground Hogs are people too!

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Dr. James Spinnati