I loved you enough! Happy Mother's Day (5/9/14)

You don't love me!"

How many times have your kids laid that one on you?
And how many times have you, as a parent, resisted the urge to tell them how much?
 
Someday, when my children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates a mother, I'll tell them.
 
I loved you enough to insist you buy a bike with your own money that we could afford and you couldn't.
 
I loved you enough to be silent and let you discover your handpicked friend was a creep;
 
I loved you enough to make you return a Milky Way with a bite out of it to a drugstore and say, "I stole this."
 
I loved you enough to stand over you for two hours while you cleaned your bedroom, a job that would have taken me fifteen minutes.
 
I loved you enough to say, "Yes, you may go to Disney World on Mother's Day."
 
I loved you enough to let you see anger, disappointment, disgust and tears in my eyes.
 
I loved you enough not to make excuses for your lack of respect or you bad manners.
 
I loved you enough to admit that I was wrong and ask your forgiveness.
 
I loved you enough to ignore "what every other mother" did or said.
 
I loved you enough to let you stumble, fall, hurt and fail.
 
I loved you enough to let you assume the responsibility for your own actions, at 6, 10, and 16.
 
I loved you enough to figure you would lie about the party being chaperoned but forgave you for it after discovering I was right. 
 
I loved you enough to shove you off my lap, let go of your hand, be mute to your pleas and insensitive to your demands...so that you had to stand alone.
 
I loved you enough to accept you for what you are,
not what I wanted you to be.
 
But most of all, I loved you enough to say no
when you hated me for it.
 
THAT WAS THE HARDEST PART OF ALL.