I can never know what it's like to be a mother.
Part of me is very thankful for that. I know with my pain tolerance that I'd never be able to handle child birth. And honestly I don't think any man could pull it off.
There are times when I marvel at the relationship Erin has with our girls. I know I'll never have the same relationship with them. They'll always have a different connection with her that I'll never know. They'll know a closeness that I can only imagine. I get it. I'm number two to them at best, and I'm okay with it.
Erin earned that closeness by carrying them for just over 33 weeks. She earned it by being with them every single day for the first few months of their lives. She earned it by breast feeding them. She gave them the life-giving nourishment they needed and at the same time bonded with them and developed the special relationship that every mother should have with her children.
So when I think of Mother's Day and gifts and commercialization, my only response is "Why the hell not?"
All the moms out there have earned it. I don't care that it has become a "Hallmark holiday" because it's a holiday every mother deserves. We at the very least should reflect on what makes the mothers in our lives so special. We should spend every day showing them, but I'm sure they're happy that they get the recognition at least one day out of the year.
So every child spend a moment telling your mom you love her and appreciate all she's ever done for you.
And to Erin: I can't imagine a better mom for our girls. They are filled with joy whenever they see you. It started with the joy that overflowed from you on the day they were born. The light in their eyes is a direct reflection of the love that you shine onto them. I know that no matter what happens from now until the end of time our girls have someone in their corner. They will never be without the love of their mama. Happy Mother's Day eringirl.