Faster than a speeding bullet with x-ray vision and superhuman strength, the man of steel with the blue cape has entertained many with his amazing heroic feats. We are all familiar with Superman’s superior traits, but have you considered the amazing traits given to mothers everywhere?
Abilities such as:
- 360 degree peripheral vision to spot her child’s dangerous antics
- Acute hearing to distinguish her child’s cry from dozens of other crying babes or a sick whimper from a tired, hungry, or bored one
- A keen sense of smell to alert to diaper needs, science projects, and kitchen disasters (Others may pick up the above scents, but they often experience temporary paralysis on the required responses).
- Multitasking without sleep or personal time
- Magnetic skin that draws family members to her when she retreats for a few minutes of alone time
Have you ever noticed how young children squeal with delight when Dad arrives home and whine and cry when Mom returns? Moms, don’t be offended, your children recognize your unique ability to nurture their bodies and souls. They’re letting you know it is not the same without you near. They know the truth of this Psalm: “But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me” (Psalm 131:2).
Instead of being irritated when other family members don’t share your super-human traits, recognize that some of what appears to be mundane grunt work actually falls under unique super-mom abilities. For example, when your husband sleeps soundly through your infant’s crying, he isn’t being selfish; he just lacks your antennae.
Mom, are you frustrated that family members’ dishes collect on the counter inches away from the dishwasher? Loading the dishwasher obviously requires a special ability. They are not taking advantage of you; they have recognized your superior dishwasher loading skills! Now, don’t you feel better?
Of course fathers have their own unique gifts and abilities, but this is a salute to moms. Be sure to let your mother know how much you appreciate her. Thank her for sacrificing fashion by wearing blouses decorated with pureed peas and carrots to give you a healthy start in life—even though green and orange were never her best colors!
Mom, keep up the good work. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9). Salute!
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