TMF Readers, as I was thinking of my own fabulous post to write about dealing with Mother’s Day as a stepmom and thinking of what knowledge I could impart upon you, I came across this very powerful ode to an obviously special stepmom written by Katherine Stone of Babble.com. It brought tears to my eyes as it was very reminiscent of my own feelings toward my own stepmom.
Of course, I will acknowledge that not all of our readers here at Today’s Modern Family will share in this experience as we acknowledge that not all stepchildren share a good experience with their stepmoms. With that being said however, there are many stepmoms who through the years have never given up, that have worked hard at the relationships they share with their stepchildren (Kela and myself alike) and this ode, whether we feel the love right now or not, will give those stepmoms hope that their stepchildren may one day, when the smoke clears, also feel the same way. Today’s Modern Family would like to say Happy Mother’s Day to all moms and stepmoms out there and wish you all a wonderful and blessed Mother’s Day!
A Mother’s Day Ode to Stepmoms Who Never Quit
Written by: Katherine Stone for babble.com
I think I was nine or ten when you took me on. You decided to get married to my dad and, with that, take the responsibility for his two children, children who had been through a lot and were very unsure.
You hadn’t ever had children, so to march right in to the lives of two elementary school kids with confidence and caring was quite something. Being a parent now I can see that.
You tried. You worked so hard. Even when we said we didn’t like the food you cooked because it wasn’t like our other mom’s, you kept on cooking. Even when we wouldn’t ride in the same canoe with you, both of us preferring to stay in our dad’s on a family trip because we just didn’t feel right with you yet, you kept on paddling. Even when it took a long time for us to get used to the idea of calling you mom, you kept on caring.
I’m sure it was frustrating and sometimes hurtful, yet you didn’t let that stop you. You continued to show us you loved us and you wanted us to be healthy and happy. You kept trying to prove that you were there for the long haul and that we could count on you, and oh how we needed someone to be able to count on.
You waited us out. You were patient and you never quit. You leaned in and held on tight and it worked. Thank you. Thank you for coming into our lives when you didn’t have to and being willing to love us as your own and for working so damn hard to convince us that we were, in fact, your own.
I am your own.
I love you. Happy Mother’s Day.