When you meet a MOM, she will immediately tell you she has always wanted kids, has always wanted to be a mother, and that her children are her greatest joy.
When you meet a Mom, she will tell you she has kids, and that they are great. She will also mention what she did for work before the children came along, or what (besides those children) interests her.
When you meet a mom, she may or may not tell you, upon first meeting you, that she has kids. She will, however, give you a guided tour of her piercings.
When a MOM is confronted with a crying baby, she welcomes the challenge. She has an elaborate ritual involving rocking and singing prepared for just such an occasion.
When a Mom is confronted with a crying baby, she groans inwardly. She will try various things to get the baby to stop.
When a mom is confronted with a crying baby, she lets the baby go for a while, just to see if the baby is serious. She’ll stare at the baby for a minute. Then, she cries back at the baby, capitalizing on the baby’s confusion to distract it.
If a MOM sees her son get into an unguarded bowl of icing, she quickly whisks the bowl away, cleans up the child, and offers a healthier snack.
If a Mom sees her son get into an unguarded bowl of icing, she laughs, takes a picture, then cleans the kid up as best she can.
If a mom sees her son get into an unguarded bowl of icing, she starts to take a picture. She stops, to apply more icing to the kids’ face, in order to increase the hilarity of the picture.
When a MOM has a free evening, she is excited to have a chance to get the kids’ scrapbooks up to date. That is, if she can tear herself away from watching them sleep.
When a Mom has a free evening, she sits on the couch with a glass of wine. Then the guilt kicks in, and she does 3 loads of laundry, cleans the toilet and lines up a play date for next week.
When a mom has a free evening, she kicks herself for not having an up-to-date passport, and settles for a night at a pseudo honky tonk downtown.