Being a parent is probably every bit rewarding as it is difficult. It’s the hardest job in the world where you won’t get paid in money, but paid in love.
Aimee Nelson is one of the many mothers who will accept that form of payment. It looks like she never stops when it comes to her kids.
But, like many working moms, Nelson can’t help but wonder if she’s doing a good enough job raising her kids.
Nelson has two children, aged 8 and 10, and tends to them every day while managing a full time job. She’s up to help them get ready for school before getting to work at 7 a.m. and is back at it again taking care of them after work, going to school events and their sports and whatnot, not to mention homework, dinner, and bedtime.
But at the end of every day, no matter how good of a day it was with her kids, the doubts start to fill her head.
“Did I spend enough time with them? Did I tell them I love them enough?” Aimee wrote in a Facebook post.
It’s clear that her “mom guilt” consumed her every night, but she realizes every mom most likely goes through this too.
“No matter how many hugs, kisses, or ‘I love yous’ we get from our children; we moms still worry that we aren’t doing enough,” she wrote.
Deep down she knows she is doing her best, but she can’t help wondering if her kids appreciate how hard she works for them. Mothers like her “trek along day after day, hoping our babies see the sacrifice … hoping one day we will get some reinforcement that we are doing something right,” she wrote.
But then came something that would put all of her doubts to rest.
She woke up one morning, ready to start her daily routine, to find that her keys weren’t in her usual spot. She started frantically hunting around the house for them, eventually finding them on the table together with several of her other possessions—and something far more precious.
Next to her essential belongings, like her keys, work ID, and sunglasses, were multiple handwritten notes left by her 8-year-old daughter. She had left her rings out and let her pick one to wear for the day, lunch in the refrigerator, and had her car keys out with the note, “ready to drive?”
But there was one note that touched Nelson the most. In the corner, she saw a pair of keys, with the note, “I gave you the keys to my heart.”
The effort her daughter had put in to show her appreciation was so delightful it gave Nelson the boost she needed to get through the day.
“They showed me that maybe—just maybe—I’m doing something right,” she wrote in the Facebook post.
All the days of nonstop work where she thought she wasn’t good enough led to a show of appreciation that was also incredibly cute.
Let’s hope Nelson won’t have to doubt herself anymore.