So far this week, 17% of my visitors have represented international hits! As much as I am excited by this news, it makes me wonder. How are people in Malaysia learning about my blog? Do people in Austria have an unusual number of twins? Do people in Russia have a high population of Juvenile Diabetes?
So, I dug in a little deeper but I still couldn't find a patten. Until, I was walking the dog and it hit me! The one common bond among us all is Motherhood (I capitalized it on purpose!)
Motherhood transcends jean size, race, ethnicity, language, and international date lines. Motherhood doesn't care if you are happily married or just brokeup with your latest loser. The richest people can be mothers and so can the poorest people. Sometimes becoming a mother comes easy and sometimes it takes us a little longer.
You can be a mammal, an amphibian, or have an exoskeleton.
But no matter any characteristic a mother has we all share one common bond - tenacious, unconditional love.
I spent a lot of time last week, as I often do, talking with moms about being moms. I went to lunch with a mom, went to breakfast with a mom, got my toenails painted with a mom, face-booked a mom, face-timed a mom and drank some coffee with a mom. It was a great week.
During one of these visits, I talked with a mom who felt bittersweet because her teenage diabetic son didn't need her as much as he once had. Another mom realized that her diabetic child needs her more than she had expected, in ways she would never have guessed - a call to action. Another has hired an agent to create some buzz for her son, to help him get a scholarship and make it to the Olympics. (Yes, he really is that good!) The last mom is struggling to get her special needs son to try a different food other than a cracker. It seems like a simple task but she has run marathons that were easier than this! All of these mothers are doing what they do best - giving every ounce of themselves for the betterment of their children.
Whether you believe in God, Buddha, Darwin or something else, something or someone has given us all an amazing strength to become lions in support of our children. We will fight, kick, scratch, embarrass ourselves and embarrass our children to be great mothers! We will obsess, cry and feel guilt until we are convinced that we are good mothers. No scratch that- amazing mothers!
I can speak for most of us when I say that we would lay down and die for our children.
Some of us almost have
Some of us did.
The lengths a mother will go to in support of their children know no bounds and would astonish the toughest linebacker and the smartest philosopher. So I believe that my new friends who are logging in, perhaps tomorrow while it is still my today, are just moms trying to be even better moms. We all find strength in others when we share our experiences. I am really excited to be part of it.
Thanks for logging on mommies - both home and abroad!