“Your Problems Don’t Define Your Motherhood”
But Amy had wished she had told the woman a few more things before she left. So she wrote her an open letter, “to the beautiful mom having a panic attack in the grocery store.”
She wanted to tell her:
“You are an (even more) beautiful, strong mom when you admit to your needs.
“Your problems don’t define your motherhood. So you had a panic attack in the candy aisle. So you forgot the permission slip or didn’t get the cupcakes to the activity on time. Let go of that crap. Instead, watch for what is cool about you. Maybe you cook yummy pizza or you’re a great friend. Maybe you’re funny as hell. Maybe you can tell your panic attack story to another mom who’ll feel less alone. Let your positive qualities lift you. Let your flaws root you in truth.”
“Falling is good. I’ve spent hundreds of hours in hospitals beside my child. I’ve nearly lost a child three times now. I’ve had (and continue to have) defeating and humiliating moments along the way. I’ve lived through years of isolation while raising a child with challenges. I’ve advocated for my boy in the face of some rotten people. But from this, I am much stronger. I can relate to (almost) all types of moms now because I was given the gift of falling.”
“So, beautiful mom— cheers to you, from a mom who often lives down low. I hope you too have found that we only grow upward, if we are blessed enough to fall.”
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