I’m The Best Mother In The World

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I am the best mother in the world,

to infants,

and only children.

I have mothered two infants of my own.

I mothered the first infant through 23 months of only childhood.

I currently have neither an infant nor an only child.

So it follows that I am not currently the best mother in the world.

I have sisters.

I have an independent, wildly bossy mini-me and a fiery, wildly bossy mini-me of my mini-me.

I have ferociously curious, sensitive little women souls under my wing.

I am not the best mother in the world but I have my pockets in time of being damn near close.

Right now I’m the best I can be.

I start fresh just about every other moment.

It’s a daily exercise in losing my patience &  starting over, losing my patience & starting over, losing my patience & starting over.

Everyday, though, when we sit to read stories, I’m the best mother in the world.

I find peace in reading.

They find peace in reading.

I find peace in sharing my peace.

On epically challenging days, when I feel least like the best mother in the world, I read to them.

And we make peace.

I read to them and I am the best mother in the world.

And then, likethat, I am not.

I hold onto the knowing that given a thousand infants, my patience would be endless.

Given one child to mother, my peace would be always.

I hold on to the knowing it is possible.

I can.

I breathe deep into the knowing my daily practice of starting over every moment is a lesson for my babes, for the future mothers in them, for grandbabies and great-grands.

I am the best mother in the world. And I am not.

But I know how. I carry the wisdom to be the best, wisdom already unveiled, wisdom waiting to be discovered.

This wisdom, this knowing is my compass. Everyday. Every moment.

Now to you, I say this –

You are the best mother in the world.

You carry the wisdom.

You might be the best mother in the world to 7 year olds and 21 year olds,

But you currently have a 6 year old or a 22 year old.

You might be the best mother in the world to two and boys,

And currently have three and both girls and boys.

But it is possible. You’ve been there. You’ll be there.

You have peace you can share.

Your peace may be in the kitchen, in the ocean, on the couch, on the mat, on the go, behind the camera, in walking.

Share your peace.  Make peace.

Every moment is a fresh start.

Every moment is an opportunity to be the best mother in the world.

Or at least have the intention to be.

Trying, intention is what it takes.

You are the best mother in the world.

Own it. Work for it. Celebrate it.

You are the best mother in the world.

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I want to know, what is your peace? When do you feel like the best mother in the world?

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Carla

I’m writing to remember, writing to cherish, writing to breathe. I’m writing because it’s the only way I know how.

8 thoughts on “I’m The Best Mother In The World

  1. I have been a mom for almost 27 years and the for the past 10 I’ve been a successful single Mom. When I hear my children laughing really, really hard (I still have 3 at home), I feel like the best (luckiest) Mom in the world.

  2. I feel like this speaks to me, even though I only have 4-legged kids! When I remembered at 9pm last night that I hadn’t fed them dinner, I didn’t feel like the best mother in the world… but then again, I had played with them, snuggled with them and gushed about them, just like I do every day. 🙂 When my doggies come lay down near me and sleep like the most content beings in the world, I feel like the best mother in the world. 🙂

  3. “Share your peace. Make peace. Every moment is a fresh start.” Like @Maura I don’t have children, but like @Jane only 4 legged baby! Thank u 4 sharing these heartfelt & true words and feelings!

  4. Love your post… I have a son who is close to being 2 years old. I feel most at peace first thing in the morning when we snuggle in bed and sing little songs together. That is my peak. That is my sky. That is my love.

  5. Qué bello, Carla! I actually been feeling like the best mother in the world the past few days because I’m taking 2 weeks vacation between jobs and I’ve done everything in my power to spend as much time as possible with my two children.

    Last Thursday, after I spent most of the day with my almost 2-year-old son (who hasn’t been as lucky as my daughter was when she was little and I was a SHAM), he asked for my hand out of nowhere, kissed it, looked me straight in the eye and said: AMO! As you can imagine, I almost had a heart attack!

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