Mom to Mom
by Lorena Oplinger
Did you have a favorite superhero when you were little? I always dreamed of being Kimberly, the pink Power Ranger or Diana Prince, the powerful Wonder Woman. I wanted to have their special powers to save the world and become someone’s hero. But I never thought that decades later, one of these wishes would come true.
I loved watching my favorite superheroes on TV. I thought they were awesome and wanted to be just like them. I used to imitate the way they talked, behaved, and fought. I was copying their actions without realizing it. Everybody, besides the bad guys or monsters, in their make-believe world admired and respected them. A couple nights ago, while I was cooking supper, my 5-year-old daughter pulled a chair closer to the kitchen counter top, stood up beside me, and whispered in my ear, “Mmm...Mommy, you know, when I grow up, I want to be like you.” Then, she stared at me for few seconds and kissed me on the cheek.
I was perplexed for an instant. Those words meant everything to me. I didn’t know what to say. I must confess that I was honored to know that in my daughter’s eyes, I am a superhero, but I was also sad because I realized that I am far from being a superhero and the perfect mom. I felt proud to hear those words from her mouth, but it also humbled me because I honestly don’t want her to be like me. I want her to be better than me, smarter than me, and
wiser than me.
As a mother, my goal is to help my children be the best version of themselves. More importantly, I want to point them to the best role model and the perfect example we could ever follow, Jesus.
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