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I am only a mom
I am not a supermom
I am not an efficient mom
What I do is just enough

I may not juggle twenty-three roles
I may not make a myriad dishes
I may not even fold the laundry three days in a row
But I’m okay with that,
Because I am only a mom

I may lose my cool
I may lose my keys
I may even mutter some choice phrases under my breath
Hey, look! I’m only a mom!

It’s all worthwhile though
When my daughter cuddles up to me
After I’ve just yelled at her
For making a royal mess with clay and finger paint

And I think, Maybe I’m more than Only a mom.

Word count: 121


Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge

O is for OnlyΒ 

My theme for the month is :Β Introspection in shades of 11

Also linking this to theΒ Ultimate Blog ChallengeΒ for April


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Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.


Jyotsna Bhatia · April 16, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Moms are much more than 'only moms' Shailaja… You made me go awww with your last line :):)

juzta mom · April 16, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Yes only a mom. I think the word mom is self explanatory of a zillion things it conveys. Loved it!

Sushree Dash · April 16, 2014 at 7:52 pm

While going through this post I remembered my mom …and felt how special she is …thanks for sharing this πŸ™‚

ovengoodies · April 16, 2014 at 10:49 pm

There's no such thing as 'I am only a mom' – mums are superwomen, everywhere. Mine sure is. Nodding and agreeing with every line. Loved the last line. πŸ™‚

KParthasarathi · April 17, 2014 at 12:14 am

Why the apologetic' am only mom'.It is at once a bliss and blessing to be a mom.I liked the gentle lines.

Swathi Shenoy · April 17, 2014 at 1:46 am

my mom used to say this.. i am only a mom! but thats nt the truth. for me she was my guide, my angel, my strength.. she was supermom πŸ™‚

reshma kothare · April 17, 2014 at 2:18 am

Mommy business is the toughest. You may be ungainfully employed(this word is my creation)but here payment is in hugs and kisses far more priceless than anything money can buy. Kudos for all the just moms.

tulika singh · April 17, 2014 at 2:41 am

Loved that Shailaja… Of course you're more than a mum… In fact each mum is more. Being a mother encompasses within itself so many many roles and pushes us all to do more, be more.

Midnight scribbles · April 17, 2014 at 3:43 am

Mums are sooo much more. πŸ™‚

Beloo Mehra · April 17, 2014 at 4:01 am

A post straight from the heart of a Mom…nicely penned.

Beauty Interprets, Expresses, Manifests the Eternal

vinodini · April 17, 2014 at 4:04 am

What an adorable poem! A mom can never be 'just' ONLY she is the 'sole' ONLY.

Tom MacInnes · April 17, 2014 at 4:30 am

Motherhood is the foundation of most of what is good in Life. No Mom is “only a Mom” if she lives her life echoing the heartbeats of those she loves. Beautiful post, Shailaja. πŸ™‚

Usha Menon · April 17, 2014 at 4:39 am

Yes Shailja ,the last line says it all. You are more than a mom. Such a sweet poem. I loved this mom.

Sreeja Praveen · April 17, 2014 at 7:11 am

A mom can never be Only a Mom, see πŸ™‚ She's always much more than that πŸ˜€

Nabanita · April 17, 2014 at 7:45 am

This 'Only that' is more than many could be!

O for Ostracized-Random Thoughts Naba

Prasanna Rao · April 17, 2014 at 8:05 am

Ah, how can a mom be only a mom, She dons so many roles in the 24 hours of her life. No mom is only a mom πŸ˜‰

Pheno Menon · April 17, 2014 at 10:01 am

Just Mom is an oxymoron How did u manage that in a single breath? My friends have met my Mom before. So if they forced me to stay at a party and I just said my mom is calling, they simply say, yeah its better u go home :D. After marriage its my wife.. sigh
PhenoMenon. · April 17, 2014 at 11:12 am

No mother, in fact no person is 'only …” or 'just a …”.

Srilakshmi Indrasenan · April 17, 2014 at 11:39 am

Whaaa!!!! Moms are miracles! Respect to them! πŸ™‚ *bows down and gets up to blow air kisses to all the moms*

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Red Handed · April 17, 2014 at 11:42 am

I loved the realization that dawned on you towards the end of the poem.
You are more and just a mom πŸ™‚

Rajlakshmi · April 17, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Indeed No mom can just be 'only'… I Loved how the poem flowed… Loved how you expressed your thoughts πŸ™‚

sitara nair · April 17, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Its just marvellous…….
Only a mom……just being only we can juggle so much…..”only” has elevated itself to newer heightz

sulekkha · April 17, 2014 at 2:06 pm

You are a very talented poetess and a mom πŸ™‚ Loved your sweet poem.

Aditi · April 17, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Awww…so beautiful! Straight from your heart this one….love!

Vidya Sury · April 17, 2014 at 5:05 pm

πŸ™‚ Somehow I do not like to qualify any role in life with “only”.

That being said, no matter how low a Mother feels, her child is always an instant mood-upper!

Michelle Liew · April 17, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Not easy to be a super mum, but there's one thing you are, and no one can argue with, is. A doting mum.

Inderpreet Kaur Uppal · April 19, 2014 at 3:26 am

Nope we are not just a mom but The Mom.
We Sweet Poem.. It speaks of our day so beautifully.

Carol Graham · April 19, 2014 at 6:05 am

I think you will get a kick out of this post — it is short and answers your post here very well —

Psych Babbler · April 22, 2014 at 9:51 am

Mothers are never 'only' mothers… πŸ™‚ They are so much more and they don't have to be supermum! πŸ˜€

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