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Disney Moms By, Deedee Dorrington

Mother’s Day 2018 has come and gone, but I want to share an observation and a new found appreciation towards all the loving moms out there.

Going to Disney World as an adult, without any children in tow, is a fun experience, and one that earns a high recommendation. Breezing past strollers, selfishly choosing attractions, dining at whim, and staying out late is pure bliss to any theme park lover.

 I was having fun on day two when it hit me:

As we were eating a late afternoon lunch, a mother was sitting at a nearby table…make that…she was trying to sit.  While everyone in her party was sipping on a beverage, she was patiently feeding her fussy and overtired baby in attempt to get her to take a nap.  Between wails (the baby’s not mom’s…although wailing from mom certainly would’ve been warranted), she would leave the restaurant in effort to soothe her child and to spare everyone else from the noise of her daughter.  We left before they finished, but needless to say, mom’s meal went uneaten, but her grace remained.

I spent the rest of the day “mother watching” and it’s quite different from generic people watching when you apply an appreciative lens.  I saw hot mom’s carrying sweaty babies.  Moms creatively entertaining children in long lines.  Mothers licking dirty pacifiers.  Mothers wanting to lose their cool, but staying calm in spite of spent nerves.

As I continued my observations, my thoughts then went to remembering my own past. Like the mothers I watched, I too just did what needed to be done, taking it in stride.  I never took the time to appreciate the work I was doing, nor did I seek any medals or recognition. We just do what we have to do, right?

Well, that’s no longer enough…so, to honor all of the kick-butt moms who are selflessly rearing our next generation…I want to say a sincere and heartfelt, “Thank you. I’m in awe of what you are doing… I could no longer do what you do. Be proud and walk tall…you are admired by many.  xxoo, deedee”