The Day After Forever

Sometimes life throws a big fat wrench into my smooth rotating fan of life, and I just have to roll with the punches then figure out how to pick up the pieces and move on.  Kids depend on us as their parents – we are their foundation at the start of their lives.  Our children depend on us for stability, they need us to teach them valuable life lessons which will help them navigate the road of life when they are traveling it on their own. 

Someone told me once or maybe I read it somewhere “being a parent is the hardest job you will ever love”.   Ain’t that the truth!  I first became a mother 16 years ago and since then, parenthood has proved over and over and still many times over again to be my greatest achievement and the greatest title I will ever hold – I feel so blessed to be my children’s mother…being mom can be full of terror and fear (am I doing this or that right, have I made the right choice/decision for my kid/s here or over there?) but more importantly the glee, adulation and pure feelings of joy and love make each second of parenting worth the lifetime of love I give my kids and that they give back to me – even though I may upset them or make a choice they are not pleased with – I know my parenting choices are rooted in what I feel is in their best interest.

Just hearing “mom” or “mama” from either of my children actually makes me feel lucky even though I have to send them off to high school and preschool each day – some days just going to work feels like an amazing break from the hustle and bustle of parenting – haha – but when I come home exhausted and worn out from a day at work just to start this all over again, somehow parenting makes me realize it is all so worth it even though I am gone each Monday through Friday from 8am to 6pm.  I honestly don’t feel as though I would change any of it.  My kids know I am always there for them, cheering them on and that at the end of each day, I will come back home, be their mom, give them boundaries and love them till the day after forever!

Just like my mom did for me and my brother…

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Angela Adriatico

Angela, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, has lived in sunny Southern California since she was 4 years old. Besides studying English in college, Angela has ghostwritten several projects over the last five years. She is now the mother of two wonderful (don’t we all think our kids are totally wonderful?) kids, ages 15 and 2.


  1. So true. I think that every day, about motherhood being the hardest but also most rewarding job. (Well, not every day does it “feel” rewarding … but pretty much hard most days :) )

    Love the photo of you and your brother from back in the day!

  2. Sometime the rewards can be hard for me to pick out – but in the end, they always far out-weigh any of the bad stuff :-)

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