But for me, I consider being a mom the greatest challenge and the greatest joy I have ever had, and fortunately am still having. Parenting does not stop when your kids are grown up.
A normal part of being mom is helping your child navigate difficult times. My first teaching job was in a dinky migrant town in Arizona and I usually went home every weekend since there was nothing to do with the Gila monsters. One weekend I was eating dinner with my mom and burst into tears. I had no idea why, but she hit the nail on the head. "Honey, you are really lonely down there because there is no one there your age." How did my mom know that? How could she read me so well? It didn't change my circumstances, but knowing that someone knew and cared, helped me go back to my job.
My mom died pretty young, when Kristin was only three and I was pregnant with Corrie. I never had the chance to ask her any questions about parenting, and if I was doing it right. I remember one thing she always said to me: "There are no courses in parenting. I did the best I could all these years, and I've loved you."
She is a great mom.
Kristin, I love you.