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Moseyin’ Along

The magic of Motherhood

May 8, 2015
Westfield Republican

There was a table of teens sitting near us at our local McDonalds. It was obvious they had just come from the latest super hero movie.

As we quietly munched our fries, we couldn't help but overhear the discussion as each member of the group singled out the super power he or she would want if they had a choice.

A muscular young guy took a long sip of his milk- shake and said, "I'd want to be strong enough to move big stuff like tractors and trucks with my bare hands."

One girl tossed her long blonde hair as she said enthusiastically, "No question about it, I'd want to be able to fly."

Another petite gal said with a wistful look, "For me, I'd want the power to make things by using magic."

Later, as we drove away from the golden arches, I began thinking about the topic of the teen's discussion. Such super powers would be especially helpful for those who fill the demanding, rewarding, exhausting but gratifying role of mothers.

But, wait a minute.

When you look at the myriad duties of today's mothers, you can see that many of the activities actually do involve super powers.

For instance, a mother can load her massive SUV with children, pets and groceries, maneuver the vehicle through mid-day traffic, park it successfully in the garage, unload without mishap, all with her bare hands, and never break a sweat.

As far as flying, moms can enter tall buildings with a sick child in tow and, with one finger, rise into the air before getting out of the elevator at the office of the kid's pediatrician.

When it comes to making things by magic, that's just an every-day activity in a mother's bag of tricks.

She may not be able to turn water into wine, but she's an ace at turning water into Kool Aid or a fresh pot of coffee. And, day after day, every mother combines basic elements into substances that satisfy and nourish a family of hungry people.

Mothers also know instinctively when their offspring are misbehaving, when they're telling a lie and when they're hiding something.

And every mom knows how to evaluate a child who is sickor pretending to be. by taking a temperature with a kiss on the forehead.

Moms also know such important things as where to find a pencil, a misplaced jacket, a lost sock, the umbrella and dozens of other items scattered around the average home.

It's also a mother's magic to know when to set out a therapeutic glass of milk and a cookie for a youngster having a bad day.

Once mothers graduate to the elevated position of grandmas, the super powers simply become more specific, depending on the grandchildren's needs.

Grandmas are specialists when it comes to chocolate chips, rocking chairs, story times and comfy laps.

Those movie-going teens at McDonalds haven't realized yet that they are living with their own super heroes. But these amazing women wear no costumes, no capes and no masks.

And, whether they are moms or grandmas, one of their most amazing powers is a limitless supply of love, enough for every child no matter if they have one, or two or five or twenty.



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