Saying I Love You, to You, No Me!

The other night we all sat around the dinner table enjoying something I probably didn't cook myself, but simply warmed up. My son turned to me and said, "Mom, I love you."

"I love you too!" I say "And I love Bean, and Daddy, and Lou Lou, and Bunny!" As I went around the table.

Then he said, "And you?"

Me? "Oh yes, I love me too!" I say.

And I am reminded of all the times I've heard someone say to take care of yourself too. We, as mothers, spend so much time caring for others that it is easy to shove your own needs aside. How often have I skipped the shower because I was just too tired to care. There are days that I don't even get dressed, do my make up, or eat anything remotely healthy. When was the last time I gave myself the opportunity to exercise. Am I really too busy, or am I just not making the time. The time I need to de-stress, unwind an get stronger. Not to mention those last 15 pounds I've been beating myself up about. What do I say when I look in the mirror? Do I say "I love you!" or do I say something else?

Do I really love me? Do I?
Do you?

I've always had good self esteem. Do I still? I'm not sure I have an answer for that right now. My son, from the mouths of babes, reminded me of someone I hadn't thought of in a long time. Someone else who needs my love.


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  1. this was sweet. My kids are older and require less "taking care of" than the younger children I'm sure you have. But even so, as a wife and mother, taking care of everyone else always comes first. Before myself. We all need to learn to love ourselves...

  2. He really hit the nail on the head. I think all mothers struggle with this. It's an internal struggle, but other mothers can also be judgemental if a mother takes time to herself. As women we are our own worst enemy. We need to remember, "If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!"

  3. Great post! Thanks for sharing. I needed the reminder to take more time for me! Arriving from the TGIF blog hop and leaving a follower. :)

  4. Love this post! I feel this way most of the time Im glad its not only me.


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