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Trying to Figure out Motherhood

Happy Mother’s Day to millions of mothers today!

For several years I have tried to figure out motherhood. When I was pregnant with my first son, my husband was finishing his last year of college at Texas Christian University. We lived in Dallas, Texas, and drove 30 miles twice a week to Fort Worth in the evenings so he could attend classes at the University.

While Neal was in classes, I studied in the library, reading every book I could get my hands on about pregnancy and babies. I was sure that by the time our baby was born, I would have all the answers I needed for years to come.

Finally, I came upon a book written by one of the world’s leading experts on motherhood, Erma Bombeck. She put it all in perspective when she said, “One thing they never tell you about child raising is that for the rest of your life, at the drop of a hat, you are expected to know your child’s name and how old he or she is.” Thank you, Erma. Someone finally said it.

Son number two came along and soon we were at little league baseball games, enjoying sports for years. One question Erma brought up was, “Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother.” Mothers are why Clorox bleach has stayed in business so long.

Then son number three arrived, and I remembered Erma’s suggestion on how many children one should have, “It goes without saying that you should never have more children than you have car windows.” It sounded good to me.

So, here is my question to the mothers of the world, “Why try to figure out motherhood?” It is the most demanding, exhausting, and wonderful self-discovering journey in the world. With every sleepless night when they are babies, every sleepless night when they are teens, and every sleepless night when they leave home and you don’t know what is going on with them, you never get over being a mother. Special moments in life morph into memories you never forget. I can truly say that the greatest lessons I have learned in life have come from being a mother.

Motherhood teaches you to turn the tears into laughter, to turn the hurts into smiles, and to always know that tomorrow will be a better day.

Our nation was built through the strength of mothers helping nurture  children into fine young men and women. I am proud of all three of my sons and their sense of justice and caring for people who need a helping hand.

So mothers, wherever you are, enjoy your day. You deserve all good things that come your way.

Have a blessed day!

Thought for Today:

“Children make your life important.”—Erma Bombeck

Live life,


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Reader's Comments

4 Responses to Trying to Figure out Motherhood
  1. Karen Sebastian
    May 17, 2012 | 10:55 am

    This is a great blog, Janelle. I have appreciated seeing you work with your sons and now grandchildren. You are the genuine article! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Brian Hail
    May 18, 2012 | 8:30 pm

    As child #1, I can say that you are one good Mom. By the way, I am Brian and 45. 🙂 Just a reminder.

  3. Janelle Hail
    May 18, 2012 | 9:18 pm

    Ha!Brian,it’s not your age I forget, it’s my own. I’m sure child #2 and child #3 appreciate my practicing on you. Love you!

  4. Addie Backlund
    May 24, 2012 | 9:53 am

    This is great, Janelle! You have one loving family, they have one fabulous wife and mother.

    I have one son only, and he is named after my father, who passed away before Guy was born. My husband promised my mother, shortly before she died, that if we had a son someday, his name would be Guy, after my father. We had just gotten engaged and hadn’t even discussed this, but it was o.k. by me!

    It warms my heart now, just to say Guy’s name.

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