“I realized I would spend my life doing things to make you happy.”
That. Right there. That’s it for me.
When my older daughter, 5, screams at me, “You’re a bad mommy!” or “I hate you!” I’ve learned to smile. Sure, the first few times she told me I’m not her mom anymore, my eyes may or may not have welled up with tears. But these days, when she gets mad or frustrated with me, I think back to those precious early days, when I was it. I was all she had in the world. When she couldn’t distinguish between her and me.
The promises I whispered through kisses will be ones I’ll spend my life honoring.
Boba, which makes baby slings, has a :90 commercial (that we first saw on The Huffington Post) that encapsulates motherhood. The hope, the overwhelming joy, the frustrations — as my dad has told me for as long as I can remember, you’re only as happy as your least happy child. So we devote the love in our hearts to those little giggles, sly smiles, and full-body hugs that only our little ones can give us so completely.
The lines being spoken in the ad are inspired by moms in the Boba “community,” which, when you hear them, will make you feel like you’re a part of it. As moms of older kids know, that infatuation doesn’t last forever. But you’ll watch and listen to this, and it’s the nostalgia you need to remember how it all began. While those puppy-love feelings may have lessened over the years, they’re still part of the DNA of your relationship.
As the ad says, motherhood is “big, fat love” — and your kids made you a mother. See if this doesn’t sum it up perfectly for you, too:
Photo/Video credit: Boba/YouTube
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