Seven years ago, the most amazing thing happened to me. I gave birth to my son, Alexandros. No matter what success is brought into my life, the greatest achievement was and is this little man.
Believe me when I say that I was never one of those girls who dreamt about having kids, in fact, all kids drove me insane! I remember going to restaurants and asking to be seated as far from the people with kids as possible.
I remember very clearly the day I found out I was pregnant, my then husband and I were traveling to Johannesburg for a weekend away with friends and after a grilling week, I was ready to let my hair down. At the airport he asked me if I had taken a pregnancy test because he thinks I am pregnant (yes, very romantic) and I laughed. What was wrong with this man? He persisted on this irrational topic and eventually I got upset and walked away. It was 10 minutes to boarding time when I walked into the pharmacy and purchased a pregnancy test, immediately went into the bathroom and did the deed. And there is was, written on the stick, POSITIVE.
WHAT?? Pregnant? The thoughts that flooded my mind drove me literally insane. All I could think about was my body, my mind, my career, my social life…whaaaaa!!!!
The flood of emotion that consumed me was indescribable, needless to say that I did not get to let my hair down and the rest is history.
Fast forwarding, eight months later, 1 month earlier than his expected date of delivery , Alexandros graced the world with his presence.
Since that moment, I have known no greater love. He has taught me so much about myself, and everyday I see more and more of me in him. He has without a doubt grounded me in ways I can not explain. I remember a conversation I had with my mom, and we laughed because she said, Maria, now you know that the world does not revolve around you. Lol, no it doesn’t, my world revolves around Alex.
People talk about unconditional love, its impossible to know what unconditional love is until you hold your child in your arms.
Sure life gets crazy, and my life is more than hectic on most days, but been a mom to this little man is the greatest blessing I have received.
Been able to call myself a mom, is the best job title and being able to celebrate Mothers’ Day with all the other incredible moms’ in the world is a privilege. Mothers build our nations, they feed emotional strength into our future leaders, they are the pillars that hold society up. We never give enough credit to these magnificent women.
I am the woman I am today because I was raised by one of the strongest woman I know. She instilled values and morals in me that are irreplaceable. Lets not get me wrong, in my teenage days, I thought she was destroying my life, but as I got older I realized that who I am today is because of her. My mom is my rock.
To all the women in the world lucky enough to call themselves mommy, Happy Mothers Day.