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My Best Mother’s Day Gift | Mary Biever | One Writing Mother

My Best Mother’s Day Gift

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!photo © 2006 James | more info (via: Wylio)
Flowers, cards, and presents are great gifts on Mother’s Day, and I love them all.

But I got the best Mother’s Day gift of my life before I had children, 20 years ago, when I was getting ready to marry my husband Richard.

Statistics suggest that daughters of divorce, with absentee fathers, are more likely to divorce themselves and raise their children as single parents. With Divine Intervention, and my luck in finding one of the good guys, those statistics are less accurate than the fortune I get in my cookie at the end of a meal at a Chinese restaurant.

My children don’t have to know that hollow feeling of being on their own and never having the support of their father. They see him at their concerts, holidays, and at dinner almost every night. He’s the quiet, steady worker they know will bust his tail and build his business to provide for them and build a good life for all of us. They know he believes in them, as do I, and that we will always be in their corner, cheering them on and perhaps sometimes nudging them forward, with some nudges stronger than others.

Each time I see him teach our kids something, or spend time with them, I get a small, miraculous Mother’s Day present more precious than anything that can be wrapped in a package.

I get to see that childhood scripts can be flipped, we do get 2nd chances, and our American dream of building a better life for our children than what we had really can come true.

Thanks, Richard.

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