I wanted to give each of you a little something as a thank you for everything you've given me this year. Well, it didn't arrive in time for Christmas. We're all moms here, so I know you'll understand.
For my friends, the someday moms: May your eggs be viable and your uterus be hospitable. Or may you find another way.
my friends, the gestating moms: May the first and last trimesters go
by with ease. May you take the sleep when you can get it. May you
savor the miracle.
For my friends, the laboring moms: May your
OB be on duty when you go into labor and free with the drugs. May your
baby's head be small. May your partner know his place is to shut up and
shovel ice chips.
For my friends, the brand new moms: May your
baby latch on like a champ and sleep in long stretches. May you shower
most days. May your husband have a great paternity leave policy.
my friends, the mothers of newborns: May your child find a schedule.
May he take a bottle, when necessary. May you be there for her first
For my friends, the mothers of infants: May your child
sleep through the night. May she be allergy-free. May he be an "easy
For my friends, the mothers of toddlers: May your child
not figure out how to open the child proof locks. May she not share
food with the dog, then put it back in her mouth. May he not hit the
terrible twos before his first birthday.
For my friends, the
mothers of preschoolers: May potty training last days, not months. May
she not suffer from separation anxiety on the first day of preschool.
May he always like you better than his teacher.
For my friends,
the mothers of kindergarteners: May your child adjust beautifully to
big kid school. May the teacher recogize the uniqueness and individual
gifts of your child.
For my friends, the mothers of elementary
schoolers: May your child neither bully nor be bullied. May she love
learning in all its forms.
For my friends, the mothers of tweens:
May your child find his own moral compass. May friends, music, and
movies not steal the precious years of childhood innocence.
my friends, the mothers of high schoolers: May your children's deeds
make you proud. May you be their mother first and their friend, second.
my friends, the mothers of college students: May your children
remember your lessons as they take their first fledgling steps to
independence. May they make good decisions and know their own minds.
my friends, the mothers of adults: May your children grow to be
intelligent, loving, kind, good, hardworking, humorous parents. And may
they take good care of us as we grow old.
For all of us: Though
the days are long, the years are short. May we treasure the good ones
and run down the clock on the bad ones with humor and love and
It was either this or a fruitcake.