Watching them shine with such grace, warmth, and humility is like a dream come true. They are far from perfect, but they are intrinsically good people. I love them more than life itself and I am filled with gratitude on this day celebrating mothers that in some small way I am on the right track and doing a decent job.
I spent the day before Mother’s Day visiting with a high school friend sipping on champagne and reflecting on motherhood in scenic Los Olivos. We sat curled up on the burnt orange cushions of the outdoor furniture with the sun beaming down and nary a care in the world, Her kids with the babysitter and my girls’ miles away at home in Los Angeles with dad.
There was no one to ask me to make them lunch or do their hair or put money on their credit card or drive them to the beach or take them emergency shopping at Sephora for a friend’s last minute birthday gift. I was spending 24 blissful hours taking a break from being a mom. We enjoyed a full day of strolling through the town, wine tasting, vintage shopping, and eating till our hearts were content.
After swapping stories about our work, my husband, her online dating after divorce, and our parents the conversation came full circle to where it always winds up – with our kids! She has 7-year-old twins and my girls are fully developed, teenagers. Despite the fact that we are both driven entrepreneurs who spend almost every waking hour thinking about our work, we were both over-the-moon grateful for the best gifts we could have ever received – the blessing of children.
As I lay my head on the silk pillow I brought from home and tucked into the trundle bed of my friend’s daughter last night, I smiled a deep sigh of satisfaction. Like a Cheshire Cat with a mischievous grin, I felt like I won the lottery having been blessed with two amazing daughters who are beautiful both inside and out and who make me proud on an (almost) daily basis. Sharing in the minutia of their lives and having them come to me with their most intimate of problems makes me feel needed and that they can trust me to help them navigate through the rollercoaster of life.