The Joys of Motherhood
Did you have a nice Mother's Day? Did it pass unnoticed? Are there toast crumbs in your bed?
After last week's hand-wringing about motherhood and the media's constant attempts to criticize, judge and divide mothers. I thought it would be nice to remember why we like being parents.
What are the little things that bring joy to you? Not the big moments, but the little ones that make it worthwhile?
Some of things that make me smile:
- The mispronunciations that we have accepted as a family, like merote (remote) and psychic (sidekick).
- When my daugther curls up to sleep and her toes burrow into my thigh.
- Watching my son get lost in his imagination while playing.
- Watching my eldest son at his recital, knowing that it was very hard for him to choose to do it.
- Reading books with a little one(s) snuggled beside me.
- Walking down the street holding two kids' hands, my husband ahead holding the third.
- Getting a goodbye kiss in the schoolyard. Getting a hello kiss in the schoolyard.
- Listening to three kids giggle in another room.
- Lying in my bed with the kids watching a thunderstorm.
- Knowing that I can still go into their room, and kiss them softly on the forehead.
- That fleeting moment that rarely happens when you know it's all going to be fine.
Moments of joy can be intensely private or public. They can sneak up on you or you may have to work hard to achieve them. But motherhood is a joyful experience. I wouldn't trade any of the hard days; they make me appreciate the wonderful ones even more.
What about you? What are the some of the joys of motherhood for you?
Want more chaos? Last year, I wrote about the breastfeeding doll and posted a hilarious video of Kathie Lee and Andy Samberg trying it out.