Moms don’t really get the credit they deserve. There isn’t actually any quantifiable way to say we are successfully raising our kids. How much are we, as Moms, responsible for the successes and the failures of our kids? At what point do we stop shaping our children’s outcomes and allow them to take personal responsibility for themselves and their own actions? Even into adulthood, are Moms responsible when a grown child isn’t reaching their full potential?
I don’t have the answers. I do know that motherhood can be extremely rewarding but mostly on an intrinsic level. Sure, we have Mother’s Day but in general, our hard work and dedication is rarely recognized on an external level. This really isn’t such a bad thing. I believe life is about being your personal best and if the world sees it, great, and if it doesn’t, that’s okay, too. All that really matters is how you, and you alone feel about the way you are living your life. It also helps if on occasion, your kid says or does something that warms your heart.
Full Speed explained to me that he learned about ‘filling other people’s buckets’ at school. Essentially, by acknowledging others, you ‘fill their bucket’ with kindness and appreciation. He took these words to heart. He told me as he walked over to meet me, that he shared with the crossing guard that he was a ‘really good crossing guard’. Full Speed also plans to tell the lunch ladies on Monday that they are doing ‘a really great job.’
I may not get trophies or a big paycheck honoring the work I do as a mother, but after I listened to Full Speed I thought, “Wow, maybe I had a little something to do with the making of this remarkable kid.”
My bucket is full.