Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

Mom, Mommy, Mum, Ma

A few days ago, I watched an episode of Family Guy and laughed so hard at the scene where Stewie consistently calls for his mom. “Lois, Mom, Mommy, Mum, Ma …” and repeat (video clip).

Most parents can relate. We are in demand at all times and the beckoning sounds like a broken record. Kids are impatient, time consuming and even annoying with their demands. Some evenings, I swear I’ll scream if I hear the word “mom” one more time.

But, the reality is that I am “mom” and it’s a term of endearment that I wouldn’t trade for the world.

 As mom, mommy, or mum, we rarely have any time to ourselves. Our days are spent catering to the needs of our children – transporting to and from lessons and practices, scouring our brains while attempting to help with math homework, and frantically searching for lost socks and school permission slips that disappear.

 In the midst of the rush of it all, I find that I rarely have a moment to just sit and think about myself. I call for Calgon and I whine about how tired I am, but ironically, when I do have a moment to myself, what I end up doing is thinking about my kids.

 I think about how much I enjoy watching my son’s face when he completes a Lego construction and how he makes me laugh with his one-liners; I think about how my daughter’s smiles and hugs are better than anything else in the world; and I think about how my life would be incomplete without that one little word ringing throughout the house … M-O-M.

 As much as I want to shun the word at times when I feel pulled in 10 different directions, I realize that it is truly music to my ears. I’m mom, mommy, mum, and ma – and that’s who I always want to be.


– Shannon Philpott
Blog Entry: Dec. 10, 2009

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