Big Sister, Little momma
A shout out to all the big sisters who have to at times step into their mothers shoes. If you’ve got one of those big sisters do not neglect to thank her for stepping in to help your mother. I’m a little sister, y Gracias a Dios that I had 3 big sisters who had my back, my big sis Marina, embraced her role and kept a good eye on me when my ama had her hands full, with 8 kids to raise, imaginate they were always bien llenas! Thanks big sis! A few years ago I wrote this simple poem in honor of my big sis Marina. Now that I’ve revisited it, I realize that it was pretty cheesy and not quite descriptive of our home life. Pero, the message remains, when your big sister puts on her mommas shoes, se agradecida!
My Mother’s Shoes
Three boys & three girls was a nice even number,
a quiver and more!
From sun up to sun down she worked,
raising 6 kids was no easy chore!
The work never stopped
as the needs piled on top.
Stacks of dishes and laundry miles high,
with a heavy sigh she washed & she dried
With a pair of preteens, and another of teens
She learned to spy, behind her head she had extra eyes
Sweeping and mopping? Impossible!
Her two toddler girls needed to play.
She asked God for strength and help
as he granted another day.
At night, with weary exhaustion
Mom took off her shoes
Morning came all too soon
with mouths to feed and no time to lose
She had no quiet place
Still she took a moment to rest,
but then came another test.
Her eyelids were heavy,
she yearned for some sleep.
Her lids closed for a moment
but she caught her breath
She felt the stirring within.
She new what this meant,
she was expecting again,
And when the new baby came,
she felt the stirring again!
Now her brood was complete;
God gave her eight children to raise.
At night, more weary than ever,
She would take off her shoes
She’d whisper a prayer for patience
And the strength God renews
She was created to nurture,
to give all that she had,
But she needed a helper
who could nurture
When my mothers hands were too full
and I cried with my need
My Big Sister came, she was ready to give
and ready to watch over me
She wasn’t my mom!
I wanted my mom!
Big Sister shushed me
It was then that I knew
she was wearing my mommas’ shoes!
Fast forward to my own mothering experience, I only had 4 kids and they kept me busy, I can’t imagine my amas experience. Pero, gracias a Dios for Emery and Thomas’ big sister! My daughter Daniella stepped into my shoes so easily, at least she made it seem smooth. A little confession right here is appropriate. Bien Concha, enjoying my motherhood, boasting that my last two babies were so easy at night, they slept through the night! Pero un dia, Daniella set the record straight, hijole! When the baby woke up and I didn’t, she would pat him back to sleep while I kept sleeping. Que verguenza, what a blow to my mothering ego!
There’s much more mothering practice that she experienced through her little brothers, but confessing this was too much for me already! Today, Daniella is an amazing mother: She uses all the talent God gave her and sometimes that strong latina woman comes out in her and she manages very well.
Sunday is mothers day, bless your ama and if you have a big sis, thank her for every time she stepped into your mothers shoes.