I am here to guide as a mother I cannot claim control as a mother I ponder about my child with hope, While I try my best to cope as a mother I am human and make mistakes, And need to be reminded to take a break as a mother Family is the center of my life And I stand with them through all strife as a mother. I'm happy to demonstrate how much I care, To witness that love shared as a mother In moments when I feel helpless, I observe their growth to know it's not hopeless as a mother. There will be times of conflict When I must put my foot down and restrict them as a mother. All their actions and gestures, in my memory, is held All beautiful gifts for me to meld as a mother. I find it hard to let go or walk away, For I can't imagine being without them for a day as a mother. I've learned lots from children as I tried to be the guide, On them, too, I’ve had to rely as a mother. They are not extensions of me They are each branches of the family tree, I know this as a mother. When they find their way, I'd be proud and not confuse In whatever direction they choose, I must allow as a mother. We will always come back and regather, Times to re-bond and remember as a mother. They become our friends and caregivers And I learn, once more, to be the receiver as a mother. Astrid believes motherhood is a calling of the soul She is grateful to have been chosen to fill the role and live as a mother. Happy Mother's Day, everyone!