“I’m a good mom who made a horrible mistake,” says Cherish Peterson.
When I had no children and when I had one child, I remember passing harsh judgements on parents who would “forget” their child in a hot car or a toddler drowning incident or whenever some sort of tragic accident would happen.
I would throw verbal darts at them (this was before social media, my oldest of 15 children is now 20) and cluck my tongue in disgust. How could they? How thoughtless! How careless they were and how much more I loved my child than they loved theirs and so that’s why I would never make that mistake.
In the 18 years since I have been privileged to parent another 14 children. I have made some serious blunders that by the grace of God have not resulted in tragedy. I made serious blunders when I had one child. Serious mistakes when I had two. Potentially life threatening errors when I had three children and with my fourth child she was saved from drowning at a birthday party by a gentleman who jumped in head first as I was literally less than 3 feet from her!
I have been at a mall and at a theme park and held onto a child until their mother came frantically running terrified and crying. I have held the hands and hugged the mothers who have lost their children due to tragedies that could have easily been me any day of the week.
We are all moms…who all have the potential to make mistakes that can be tragic or shameful at any given time. I remember one of my dearest friends from high school– her mother shared with me shortly after I had my second that when she had just had her second baby, she completely forgot the newborn when taking her older sibling to school and left the baby home alone in her crib! This stuff happens!
Are there neglectful parents? Yes, of course there are. But do we as parents make mistakes? Sometimes potentially very dangerous ones? Yes. No one is immune. Be careful if you think you are…that kind of humble pie doesn’t taste very good.
He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? – Micah 6:8
As moms, we need to remember to be merciful to one another. We must remember to walk humbly. Tragedy can happen no matter how careful we are and at any given moment we can be victim to forgetfulness, mistakes, errors and misjudgments. And that’s why #IStandWithCherish