I see you.
I see you mama.
Wiping tears. Giving praise. Noticing when your babes need some extra love or reassurance.
I see you mama - thinking ahead - to snacks, and dinners… to clothes you need to buy… to notes to send to the daycare or school.
I see you mama… folding laundry, packing lunches, tidying toys.
I see you mama… Getting your babes to bed, soothing their worries, loving them through sickness even though you are exhausted.
I see you mama… Digging deep during those hard moments. Taking a breath, calming yourself down so your babes can find peace.
I see you mama… doing your invisible work. Work that makes others feel loved, and safe, and secure. Work that keeps your family nourished, balanced, and taken care of.
I see you mama… Giving up of yourself - probably too much - to make sure that others’ feel okay. I know you feel mad about it sometimes - resentful, sad, frustrated. These feelings might explode out of you sometimes - in anger, or tears. I feel it too: The unfairness of it all.
And maybe tomorrow, we can fight: For a fairer role, a better division of labour, a world where we treat each other better.
But today - I want you to know that I appreciate you. I know your are doing your quiet work, I know that it matters, and that your babes will be better for it.
Take a breath. Even if others don't... can't... Know that I see you.
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