It starts innocently enough.

A baby girl is brought into the world. On her first day of life, her eyes are half open and she does not yet know how to smile. But she will eventually learn to use the power of the smile not only to offer encouragement and comfort, but also to play coy and mask her fears.

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​Then the baby turns into a little girl. She is gifted with different kinds of toys, among them miniature kitchen sets, dolls, makeup kits, little doctors’ bags, Play Doh, and LEGO sets. She thinks she is just playing house. But what she does not know is that her playtime is practice for the household that she would eventually own and run.

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​She makes her Barbie go out on make believe dates with her Ken doll; beaches, parties, you name it. But one day, she will also be making them walk down the aisle.

She displays her nurturing instinct by taking care of dolls that for could represent her own future children. She pretends to feed them, comb their hair, dress them up, play with them and even bring them to the doctor from time to time.

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​Then at 18, the girl turns into a young lady with a debut party to mark the momentous event. She turns her focus from toys to real friends. Eventually, she will find the one whom she will decide to spend the rest of her days with.

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​At her wedding, the focus is still on her, now the young woman.  But she is also equally enthralled by her new partner and promises to do all in her power to make him happy. She is all excited with what is in store for the rest of her life.

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​Then everything changes. With the birth of her first born, the young woman becomes more; she transforms into a mother.  Like a resplendent butterfly bursting out of its cocoon for the first time, our young mother starts to shift the focus to others in her family.

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Whether she decides to continue her career or simply become a stay at home Mom, she will tirelessly pursue her vocation of family first. She may not be provided the rightful monetary compensation for checking for fever, ensuring that “baon” is prepared, tutoring, shopping for groceries, breaking up quarrels, dressing wounds or simply flashing that powerful smile; but the smiles she gets back is the highest return on equity anyone can dream of earning.

Happy Mothers’ Day.

​(Originally written by Efren Ll. Cruz, RFP at http://www.savingstips.com.ph)

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