ORIGINALLY POSTED ON ATIMETOSHARE.ME 5/1/14
Proverbs 31:26-27 “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
When I was in my early teens I got a job as a nanny for the summer. Little did I know exactly what that would entail. Within those short months I learned that being responsible for a child’s care for 8 hours a day was huge. The job requirements would have turned the most efficient manager into a bowl of Jello.
Being a mother is one of the most challenging jobs you will ever experience, but also the most rewarding. I believe my mother was a saint having to put up with me. I also believe I might have been honored with sainthood for helping to raise 3 of my own. My daughters have far exceeded that honor by giving me three wonderful grandchildren that I get to boast about without the responsibility.
An average day in the life of a mother: You get up between 4 and 6 AM to have a few quiet moments to yourself. Before you have that opportunity, you hear the sound of a baby crying or are met with a child who has be awakened by a bad dream. You stumble to the laundry room and notice the box of unmatched socks. You decide it might be a nice fashion statement for your children to wear one of each. Your first executive decision of the day.
You start a load of wash and carry yourself to the kitchen only to find one child putting their science project into the microwave while another is spray painting the dog. You set them at the table while you put on the coffee and pack their lunches. You notice that your daughter has chosen to wear a purple polka dotted shirt with blaze orange pants. You try to guide her through her first choice of the day, but are soon out-voted and decide that the two different socks will go nicely will complete her outrageous ensemble.
Your laundry room looks like Mt. Everest. You know you will never reach the pinnacle. Your hair hasn’t been styled in weeks. The things you expected motherhood to be have taken a back seat to the needs of those special individuals you call your children.
You advise them, console them encourage them, cheer them on when they don’t make a goal, fight to defend them, love them, are available for them 24/7. You put them first. You try to give them things you didn’t have as a child, but soon realize that all they really want is you.
The rest of your day is filled with moments of frustration, disappointment, fear, anxiety, sadness, inability to cope and the feeling of complete failure at times. By the time you tuck them into their beds at night and look into those precious eyes, you see a reflection of yourself. You see that every minute of your day was worth it.
Being a mom is many things, but mostly it’s the best job a woman can have.