I'm a mom; pass the Kleenex
Blame it on the hormones all you want. But I’m 9 months postpartum, most of the pregnancy hormones have long since skipped town, yet here I am on a semi-regular basis, still weeping. See also: sobbing. Blubbering. Wailing.
Not because I’m sad. Or not always, anyway. It’s just that I have this precious, little baby and when I see the world through her eyes, or I think of her through the world’s eyes, I tend to get a bit teary. Or at lot. Depending on what it is.
The things that set me off are a bit stranger than I ever imagined. Here are the 10 biggest triggers that make me cry just because I’m a mom:
When I listen to commencement speeches
There are funny graduation speakers, poignant ones and boring ones. The one thing they have in common? They all make me bawl. Not because of anything they’re necessarily saying. But because I watch them knowing someday it’ll be my baby wearing that cap and gown, sitting on a metal folding chair listening to someone of note preach clichés for 7 minutes too long while I’m craning my neck to get a good look at my daughter walk across the stage and receive her diploma.
We might be nearly two decades away from her leaving home for college, and even longer until she graduates college, but it’s as if the emotional tsunami hits in advance — for practice, maybe? — whenever I see or read about one of those damn 5-hanky speeches.
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