|Sunset over the salt lakes, Baldivis|
It’s late at night and here I am in front of the computer, trying to catch up on emails and a to-do list that makes me want to hide under my Grandma blanket. Beside me are three books to review, a page of notes (more to-do’s, work related) and an open diary (with lots of things scribbled in it, like author interviews). To say I am feeling a bit overwhelmed is probably an understatement. Because these to-do’s don’t even include the ones on my mum list.
You know how it is, don’t you? Many of you are also juggling too many things, trying way too hard to be Supermum in a world that keeps on expecting more (now that’s a post for another day). Remember the BK (before kids) days when you thought you were ‘so busy’? At the moment I have so many competing priorities in my head that I’m finding it hard to remember those days! But, it’s too late for that trip down memory lane tonight; and I rather think Wise Woman would tell me to just stop doing and breathe instead. Preferably while lying down in bed with the lights off.
My greatest strength as a mum is being able to keep all balls up in the air at one time. I only have one child and one husband, although at times I think I have two children. My children are 17 and 53 respectively. I am mum, bookkeeper, telephonist, receptionist, keeper of diary/appointments, maker of appointments, chef, paramedic, taxi, housekeeper, ironing lady, peace-keeper, counsellor, mediator, personal shopper of clothes, food, gifts, organiser of events/outings, financial planner etc. The list just seems to go on and on. I think every mum is a special person (or most of them) and put family and friends before themselves. We are the last on the list of "things to do". We are constantly told to take time out for ourselves, but if we do that we only think of the things we could be doing if we weren't being so self indulgent. Anyways, that is my idea of my greatest strength. Being there for my family and friends.
Beautifully put! Mums really do have a never-ending job description. We can describe ourselves in so many words, but I'll bet our children could narrow it down to one or two…and we probably wouldn't like it: 'Nag', 'Fun Police', 'Mean'…
Having two adult children who make me proud I'm their mum and that they are following many things they learned from me and their father and teaching their own children.
My child has two houses; Daddy house, and Mummy house. My greatest challenge and achievement as a mother has been to put aside my hurt about the end of my relationship completely, and to support my family. For me that is not just my household, but my ex-husbands as well. I don't care what anyone says, my daughter's Daddy is one of the most important people in her world and therefore mine. To love him as my daughter's father and to support her relationship with him wholeheartedly, with malice or bitterness is a difficult thing to do, but I am all the stronger and better for doing it.
I love this! I think a lot of people could learn from this; setting aside the hurt and recognising the importance of the other parent shows great wisdom and compassion. X
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