… a mother is an unskilled laborer.
"Somebody" never gave a squirmy infant a bath.
... you know how to be a mother by instinct.
Somebody never took a three-year-old shopping.
... that "good" mothers never yell at their kids.
Somebody's child never sent a baseball through a neighbor's picture window.
... a mother can end all the answers to her child-rearing questions in books.
Somebody never had a child stuff beans in his nose.
... a mother always adores her children.
Somebody never tried to comfort a colicky baby at 3 a.m.
... a mother can do her job with her eyes closed and one hand tied behind her back.
Somebody never organized seven giggling Brownies into a cookie-selling brigade.
... the hardest part of being a mother is labor and delivery.
Somebody never watched her "baby" get on the bus for the first day of kindergarten.
... your mother knows you love her, so you don't have to tell her.
Somebody isn't a mother.
-Renee Hawkley in Welcome Home