“But You’re My Super Hero, Mom”
These were the words my 4-year-old that almost brought me to tears and melted my heart.
We were having a discussion about super powers while watching cartoons and coloring. She asked me what my super power was and I said, “Mommy doesn’t have any super powers. I’m just regular.”
The look of incredulity that she gave me almost made me laugh but those next 6 words stuck with me for the rest of the evening.
The more I thought about it, the more I put my daughter in my place for the first time ever. Meaning, I thought about how I viewed MY mother and realized just where she was coming from.
To this day, I honestly believe there is nothing my mother cannot do. I know she’s human, but she’s my Momma. And there’s so much that that word encompasses.
She’s always there.
She can always find the strength to do just one more task.
She always calls or texts with a word of encouragement at just. the. right. time.
She’s My Super Hero.
And I learned how to be a mother by watching her.
I now realize why there would be times I’d catch sight of her standing at my bedroom door – just watching with a slight smile on her face.
Or the nights she’d come in for just one more snuggle when she thought I’d already drifted asleep.
Of course, there are things that I do differently and, hopefully, have or will improve on. But more and more I open my mouth to speak to my children and hear my mother – her words, her intentions, her prayers, her love.
So, I’m embracing my super powers my baby girl has thrust upon me. I’m willing to let her know just as all superheros I do have flaws and downfalls, but each day I do my best to be better than I was the day before, look out for the greater good and leave good memories and smiles with those whose paths I cross.
My super power is being Mom. What’s yours?