I am very aware that Mother's Day isn't easy for some people. I have talked to two moms this morning who said, "I didn't want to come. I nearly didn't come." So, if you are one of those moms, thanks for coming, because there are lots of reasons why this is a painful day for people.
Many of you are not mothers (because you are men; you never will be mothers), but we were all once children, and children like to be watched. I bet you said to your mom, "Hey, mom, watch this! Look what I can do! Look at me!" And your mothers looked every time, no matter what goofy thing you were doing (and you know you did some goofy things). We all know what that's like as a child, wanting to be seen by our moms.
Many of us have also been a mom who wonders if she is ever seen—because there comes a point as a mom where you begin to think you are invisible. Nicole Johnson has written a beautiful article called, "I Am Invisible," and I am going to read a part of it:
It all began to make sense—the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I am on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. And inside I am thinking, Can't you see? I am on the phone. Obviously not. No one can see if I am on the phone or cooking or sweeping the floor or even standing on my head in the corner because no one can see me at all. I am invisible.
Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more. 'Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this?' Some days I am not a pair of hands; I am not even a human being; I am a clock to ask, 'What time is it?' I am a satellite guide to answer, 'What number is the Disney Channel?' I am a car-to-order—'right ...
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