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I Just Don’t See It

A friend came over for a play date the other day with her son and newborn baby. The first thing she said when she walked in the door was, “Sorry for my greasy hair.”

But I just didn’t see it.

We hosted a group of friends for dinner. I made a variety of kid-friendly foods including my daughter’s beloved chicken nuggets with a side of mac & cheese. The kiddos sat, ate two bites, and went back to playing as their food turned cold. My friend grabbed me by the arm and utters under her breath, “I really apologize. I feel bad they didn’t eat anything!”

But I just didn’t see it.

I’m in line behind a mom at the grocery store. She’s trying to wrangle three littles around one overstuffed cart as her baby screams and she fumbles for her wallet in her gigantic tote bag. “Sorry you’re stuck behind me,” she mumbles.

But I just didn’t see it.

The car next to me in the mall parking lot has all their doors open, making it impossible for me to back out. I watch two parents simultaneously buckle their babes into their respective car seats. There are hats flying, shoes being thrown, and coats coming off along with two clearly exasperated parents. “Bet you wish you weren’t next to us right now!” the father bellows from the backseat.

But I just didn’t see it.

You see, motherhood has made me blind. Blind to the little things in life that just don’t matter. I don’t see the Goldfish smashed in your carpet, or the fact that you’ve worn a hat for four days to hide the hair that hasn’t been washed, or the text message you forgot to send me because you were just so tired you went to bed early. I don’t see the play date you forgot about because your schedule is just so full right now, your kid’s pants that are two sizes too small because you haven’t had the chance to get to the mall, or that your gift wasn’t wrapped for my kid’s birthday party because throwing it in a paper bag was so much easier.

Now listen, I’m certainly not always optimistic and I do get irritated from time to time. I’m not perfect when it comes to believing the best about others and I definitely have days when I’m less than positive. But if motherhood has taught me one thing, it’s that I need so much grace. I need people to forgive me. I need people to excuse me in some of the areas I fall short. I need people to love me when I hardly look like I’m making an effort to love them. It’s out of this realization that I realize if I need so much, I need to be able to give the same.

So, you know what I do see?

I see a mom who chose to forgo her to-do list to snuggle her babies

I see a parent trying to create a fun family outing despite the craziness that will ensue

I see a woman who knew a shower wasn’t going be as valuable as another hour of sleep

I see a friend who desperately needs connection more than she needs a clean house

I see people that are simply just trying to do the best they can in this journey of parenting


Can we collectively agree as moms to a few things?

Can we agree to give one another the benefit of the doubt?

Can we stop saying sorry for things just out of feeling obligated?

Can we quit feeling like we need to justify all aspects of our parenting?

Let’s agree to not see where we and other parents fail. Instead, let’s all make the conscious choice to let each other off the hook. Every. Single. Day.

Here’s to changing the world, mama. One extension of kindness at a time.

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Doreen McGinty February 3, 2017 at 12:04 PM

Beautifully written from the heart my dear.
It was so fun watching you kids grow up, but to watch you beinging a parent makes my heart ❤️ smile. Keep on seeing and watching and realizing that it takes a Village my dear and most of all Patience and Love. You are amazing !
Hugs n Love
~Doreen McGinty

Jess Vento February 3, 2017 at 7:01 PM

YES!!!! I love this!

Gladys February 3, 2017 at 10:15 PM

This is all I needed after a crazy week at work,trying to stay on top kids of homework and still keeping a straight face.Thanks you for sharing☺☺☺

Jennifer February 17, 2017 at 6:39 AM

good for you Gladys its not easy balancing everything. .i had 3 girls in 3 years. having my girls so close togethe rit hwas a challenge for sure keeping up w everything.

Jennifer February 17, 2017 at 6:41 AM

this post is awesome for all moms. its the hardest job in the world and people take it for granted that we just get it all done.and still try and look perfect:-)

Kristi February 4, 2017 at 11:04 AM

Loved this. My twins are now 12 and Iooking back this “blindness” was one of the biggest surprises and blessings of being a mom. Thanks for sharing your perspective and story.

Mom2jnjmoreno February 9, 2017 at 12:19 AM

So perfectly said! Thank you for the reminder and for sharing a little piece of your heart!♡

Rachael February 9, 2017 at 9:34 AM

This is perfect. So perfect.

MaineMom February 9, 2017 at 4:01 PM

My ‘little ones’ are now adults. At one time my mom gave me grief for a dusty, sometimes messy house – I had been sledding with the kids after school. Now I look at those moms living through the parenting of small ones and say, ‘it doesn’t matter, you will all come out the other side. The more memories you build, the better.’ I know I have a different point of view – I only had 11 months of memories with one of my little ones.

Jessica | Ava Grace Fashions February 9, 2017 at 5:16 PM

I am absolutely in love with this post. I have been like this for years. People will point out someone’s shortcomings & I say “Oh I guess I didn’t notice” I love that you equate it to a deep seeded realization that people need grace, they need kindness. & I know that because I need it too (& probably first LOL)
Beautiful post~I will be sharing it all over!

Amy February 10, 2017 at 6:32 AM

Beautifully written. We mamas gotta stick together. I can totally relate to “not seeing it” anymore.

Diane February 10, 2017 at 7:10 AM

Thanks for this I really needed it! Wonderful!!!

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