Since I had my first daughter at age 18, I have never really known any part of my adult life that I wasn't parenting. It has made me strong. It has made me weak. It has exhausted me. It has taught me courage, patience (still working on that one), and responsibility. It makes me laugh. It makes me cry. It makes me feel so deeply for another's pain, joy, frustrations. It has taught me that I am a role model at all times (not always a great one). It has made my heart and soul full with love which I never would have known existed otherwise. It has taught me respect and appreciation for my own mother and all the mothers I know. Mothering has molded me into the person I am and continues to create me and guide me to what I hope to be. It is a gift like no other that I am truly grateful for.