I am the mother of teenager.
That is probably not the sentence one would expect as an opening for a blog post titled "Love and gratitude, " especially from me, who despises teenagers and all of their ilk.
But I do love my daughter. I love both my daughters. Both of them are basically awesome and interesting. I suspect I might like them even if I did not give birth to them.
It's been a rough few weeks. And I have basically been crawling home each night and feeling like crawling under a big rock when I see that the kitchen is filthy, and everyone is looking at me to come up with some great meal to wow them and fill their stomachs. It's been rough. And it has exhausted me.
Tonight I came home and the kitchen was clean. The dishes were done. And dinner was on the stove.
After I checked to make sure that I was in the right house, I went in and thanked my daughter.
Chloe made a delicious meal of grilled Creole chicken, macaroni and cheese, and green beans. And the kitchen was clean.
After dinner, I washed the dinner dishes. And I came into my bedroom and sat down. And breathed.
I am thankful I have a daughter who can make me understand love. I am not a perfect mother. I am not even off work and home enough to be a decent mother.
But I do love my daughters.
And I am thankful for them both. And the kitchen is clean.