So , during an afternoon of ‘women and motherhood‘ discussion with myself and my daughter (the still a little shell shocked mother of a year and a half old son and 3 year old daughter) my niece, pregnant with her first baby, bravely, if not a bit naively, gave us her opinion of what she believed was ….’A Real Mother’...
The discussion was certainly animated and spirited.
Ok, so I had to sit on my daughters lap to keep her from performing a cross room leap that would have put a smile of admiration on the face of Rudolph Nureyev .
But hey, most of us have been there, haven’t we? – on the receiving end of one of those enormously, blissfully ‘ignorant of the real world’ ego driven opinions that are born of a total lack of experience and a lot of blind courage.
While my daughter and her favorite cousin were passionately debating the subject and behavior of ‘real mothers’, I recalled sometime ago being sent something on just this subject and made a mental note to dig around for it as soon as I got home.
Found it!..… I have no idea who the original author was but I do know that I took the opportunity to expand on it somewhat.
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Here it is….enjoy!
- don’t eat quiche; cause most times, they don’t have time to make it.
- know that their kitchen utensils are probably in the sandbox
- often have sticky floors, filthy ovens and happy kids.
- know that dried play dough doesn’t come out of carpets.
- know that chewing gum cannot be painlessly removed from hair.
- don’t want to know what the vacuum just sucked up.
- know that shopping with kids can never, ever be fun.
- know that the last good nights sleep was had before the kids came along – and the next will be when the kids leave home.
- sometimes ask ‘Why me?’ and get their answer when a little voice says, ‘Because I love you best.’
- know that a child’s growth is not measured by height or years or grade… It is marked by the progression of Mommy to Mom to Mother and back to Mom.
The Images of Mother
4 YEARS OF AGE - Mommy can do anything!
8 YEARS OF AGE – Mom knows a lot about a lot of stuff.
12 YEARS OF AGE – My Mother sometimes doesn’t really know what she is talking about.
14 YEARS OF AGE - Like my Mother doesn’t have a clue what I am talking about.
16 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother is just sooooooooo embarrassing.
18 YEARS OF AGE – My Mothers opinion….Nah…I don’t really need it.
25 YEARS OF AGE – She might know a little bit about it!
35 YEARS OF AGE – I love chatting things over with Mom.
45 YEARS OF AGE – What does Mom think about it?
65 YEARS OF AGE – Wish I could talk it over with Mom.
A Real Mother…’I Think’