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Lifelong Learning – November (Moms)

When people ask me what I do for a living, I tell them I'm the Athletic Director at WWCC. I think most of us, when asked what we do, answer by talking about our employment. However, truth be told, what I really do for a living, is be a MOM.

If you haven't heard the audio or seen the video Mom-isms by Anita Renfro, you really should. Anita sings a song to the William Tell Overture, about everything (and I mean everything) that a mom says to her children throughout a "typical" day. And, she ends the song with "…and tomorrow we will do it all again, because the mom's work never ends." She's right; a mom's work never ends, but that's why I think being a mom is the best job in the whole world.
I didn't say it's a glamorous job. Nor did I say, unfortunately, that it's for everyone. And, in my opinion, carrying a child in one's stomach does not necessarily mean "MOM" either. I have carried none of my children in my stomach, but all in my heart, and one thing is certain- I AM THEIR MOM!

Moms cannot "be sick" in the same sense that others can be. When kids are sick, they're sick. When I'm sick, I still have to get them to school and activities, make sure they all have lunch or lunch money, be able to track down missing items ("Mom, where's my…?"), and keep the house together. Again, I'd never trade it for anything.
I don't mind when I have to pay to nine different fundraisers, or listen to deejays on the radio playing who knows what. I take it as a compliment when my child says, "considering how old you are, Mom, you're real youthful". All of my children are so different and have very different likes, dislikes and needs. And when my kids look at me as though I speak a different language, I can still say to each "Lo es marvilloso ser tu mama" (it is wonderful to be your mom). Yes, I love my "Mom-job" even when they tell me I'm uncool, or that I don't understand them. I absolutely love when they are ganging up on me when we play Wii, or when one starts wrestling with me then they all pile on. I love when one of them texts me out of the blue just to say "I luv u", or "how's ur day, Mom?" I love when they need me, even though they think they need to be independent all the time.

John Wooden said, "You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you." For me, that's what being a mom is. I don't need, nor want them to repay me. I do what I do because I love them and I'm their mom! (P.S. – My kids are such a part of me that I have hidden their names in this article! Happy hunting kids!)

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