My youngest son asked me what I want for Mother's Day this year. At this point in my life I don't need or want anything material. So I told him I didn't want anything. He wasn't satisfied with that answer, of course.
As I was driving into town the other day, I was having one of those days where I felt weighed down by the negative self-speak: I shouldn't have said this, or why didn't I say that instead?
I think most mothers can relate to the second-guessing that goes on inside my head some days. It's not constant. But we all have days like that occasionally. I just happen to be having a few more days like that lately with a beautiful little girl who is flourishing, yet struggling to become a young woman. It is a difficult, tumultuous journey, and I have to remind myself to be patient and and understanding.
So as I was driving that day, it came to me that all I really want for Mother's Day is to hear that I haven't totally screwed up as a mother. And that my children, please God, be better parents than I was.
On a lighter note, I'm sharing these photos of a handsome visitor to my feeder this week. Sadly, my hummingbird family did not return this year, but we have two pairs of orioles that are finding the hummingbird feeder to be just to their liking. Aren't they gorgeous! Have a great day! :)