Mothers do many things. They wash, wipe, pick up, put down, stack, mix, measure, talk, sing, read, play, redirect, and laugh. And that may be in the first 15 minutes of the day. Most mothers are veritable whirling dervishes of activity.
And yet a mother’s most important job may look deceptively passive. A mother’s most significant task may be to simply look at her children.
A mother sees subtle changes from day to day. She notices those newly-braced teeth shifting before the first week is out. She’s first to observe when a child is about to outgrow his shoes.