The Best Job I Could Ever Ask For: Being Your Mom
Despite achieving all my academic and professional goals, I can say the best career choice I ever made was, without a doubt, being your mom.
Believe me, of all of the paths I took and of all the titles I am most proud of, I would not choose those granted to me by institutions like universities.
Nothing compares to what you learn in the real world. Or rather, the university of life itself.
The truth is, parents aren’t the only ones who have a lot to teach. Our children become our teachers as well. Yes, even though they are so small, they have so much to teach us.
Being Your Mom Has Taught Me Endless Lessons
Being your mom was the best career move I could have ever made. Without class schedules or subjects, you have been willing to teach me so much about this crazy world that surrounds us and about the mysteries hidden in this magical and amazing life.
You taught me how life deserves to be lived, appreciating the happy moments that are offered to us, and overcoming our struggles. To smile just for pleasure, to live every day as if it were the first, and every night as if it were the last.
Through your example you taught me what love is, and how joy can be the spark for something bigger. At your side I understood that life is fleeting. And that in our passage through life we leave indelible traces. As human lives, as legacies, as inheritances that are not necessarily material.
At your side I understood what contentedness and good company were. I learned to appreciate silence and the weight of our own words. Thanks to you, I could even appreciate how healthy it is to have a confidant. And how beautiful life can be with warmth and affection.
At your side I learned to cultivate patience and self-control. I knew how to plant seeds of perseverance and tenacity in myself and in you. In this way, I learned to fight for our dreams with the bravery of a million warriors.
Being your mom is a precious treasure
Being your mother is a gift, perhaps the most precious one in life. A precious treasure, and best of all, it’s all mine.
I feel fortunate and blessed to be your mother. It is so gratifying to see you grow, to teach you, and at the same time, to be marked by all of childhood’s genuine wisdom.
To be nourished by your unique outlook throughout your childhood. To be able to see everything through the innocent eyes of a child. To witness your experiences through the filter of your innocence. To laugh until my stomach hurts.
To be able to go back to childhood and let imagination and creativity soar. To invent games, words and scenarios. To enjoy the most simple and effortless things. To be happy with very little, to feel fortunate even if I have nothing. To create, to believe. Basically, to be born again in a way.
To be true to myself every day. To be genuine. To display a brutally pure sincerity. To absorb the purity of the noblest souls. For all this and for much more, my child, I can only thank you. For everything you’ve taught me over the years.
Because all of these lessons are the divine treasure of your childhood. These virtues are not taught in any of the schools and universities that I have attended. Because nobody could give me as much as you do every day.
And, fundamentally, because there is no title that gives me greater satisfaction than being your mom, and no greater pride than having a child like you.
You’re my greatest and most remarkable feat. My best job and my best job title. I love you so much, sweetheart!