Do you remember when you were a young child or teen and thought your mother was always wrong and literally didn’t know anything?
Yeah, me too.
I bet you’ve thought about that time in your life a lot now that you are a mother and have a better understanding about why she did the things she did. It’s funny how when we walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, it’s easier to have compassion for them.
Our moms are at the forefront of our minds when we have to make a tough decision. And we often try to think back to a time when our own mom handled a certain situation with more grace than we did, even if, at the time, you thought she was completely off-base. Now, however, you are able to look at the situation in a whole new light. You’ve had to deal with some of the same pressures and situations she did and have asked yourself more than once, “How did she do it?”
Funny thing is, for Mandy Moore — the newly engaged actress who plays Rebecca in one of our favorite shows, This Is Us — all it takes is playing a mother to allow her to see just how much her own mother did for her.
Moore is responsible for many of my tears on Tuesday nights as she navigates her way through motherhood onscreen. She paints an all-too-real picture of what it’s like to be a mother — the love, the guilt, the scary times, and the uncertainty she feels about some of her decisions.
During a recent interview for Cosmopolitan, Moore got candid about what it’s like playing a mom on the show and how it has made her reflect on some of her relationships in real life.
She revealed how Rebecca has taught her the art of being patient as a mother: “I’ve learned a lot about what it means to be a truly patient as well when it comes to parenting,” she said. “It’s made me appreciate my mom all the more. And the other mothers in my orbit, in my life, friends of mine.”
Moore went on to say that her role has made her appreciate what a tough job being a parent can be. “I don’t know how people do it,” she said. “It’s the ultimate sacrifice in every regard.”
And while we can agree with Moore that parenting is the ultimate sacrifice, the results of that sacrifice will surely outweigh anything we gave up. And hopefully our sons and daughters, once they become parents, will be able to look back to their childhoods with deep appreciation — and finally realize that we really did know more than they gave us credit for.