Even though I didn’t participate in anything adventurous or anything exciting, I do want to share what I am grateful for and what made me smile this week. Today I am grateful for……….
I often think back, back to the days when my kids were little. I think back and wonder if there’s anything I could or should have done differently. Could I have been a better parent? Could I have done more with my kids? Should I have thought more about a career so my kids could of had the best of the best? Should I have worked harder so I could have afforded summer vacations? (To this day, I still have not been on a family vacation).
The could I and should I questions are endless when I sit and think about it. I can think of a few things I could have done differently and a few I should have done differently.
I raised all my boys as a single parent. I couldn’t afford fancy things and I definitely couldn’t afford to take them on vacations. But my kids never went without the necessities or the important things. As parents we just want the best for our children and we want to give them everything great life has to offer. Unfortunately, some of us can’t afford the fancy materialistic things and it can leave us feeling a little disappointed.
But then soon as the disappointment creeps in, I am reminded of the positive things I have done for my boys. The positive things that money couldn’t buy. The positive things I taught them. I, as a single parent, struggling with mental illness, taught them. And as I remember these things, I smile. I smile because I did okay, I smile because I am proud.
All 3 of my boys are amazing. I’m not just saying that because I am their momma. I am saying it because it is true.
I taught my boys to be honest, trustworthy, and to always let loved ones know that they are loved. Each one of my boys holds these special qualities, plus many many more, and it definitely shows.
When I question myself or feel guilty for some of my decisions, all I need to do is look at my boys and I am immediately reminded of the wonderful men they have become and are becoming. And that is what brings a smile to my face. My boys are what makes me smile.
Our family is very close, but there are times we get busy and don’t visit as often as we should. But our closeness, our bond, our love for eachother, will never change.
Take a moment out of your day and think about what makes you happy. What makes you smile?
I enjoyed participated in this week’s Weekly Smile .
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Have a great week and don’t forget if you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness, please Reach Out, Speak Up, And Ask For Help. Nobody should go through it alone.