… a mother is an unskilled laborer.
“Somebody” never gave a squirmy infant a bath.
… you know how to be a mother by instinct.
Somebody never took a three-year-old shopping.
… that “good” mothers never yell at their kids.
Somebody’s child never sent a baseball through a neighbor’s picture window.
… a mother can End all the answers to her child-rearing questions in books.
Somebody never had a child stuff beans in his nose.
… a mother always adores her children.
Somebody never tried to comfort a colicky baby at 3 a.m.
… a mother can do her job with her eyes closed and one hand tied behind her back.
Somebody never organized seven giggling Brownies into a cookie-selling brigade.
… the hardest part of being a mother is labor and delivery.
Somebody never watched her “baby” get on the bus for the first day of kindergarten.
… your mother knows you love her, so you don’t have to tell her.
Somebody isn’t a mother.
Renee Hawkley in Welcome Home