Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Mysteries of Motherhood

         Sweet motherhood!  The baby powder smell, the cuddly baby, the precious cooing.  All things that sweeten the early days of motherhood.  Time stomps on and suddenly sweet motherhood loses that honeymoon glow.  Messy motherhood! The stinky diapers, the "why" questions, the temper tantrums.  All things that push mothers towards the local spa.
           Ever-changing Motherhood!  Glorious change as mothers sprint to keep up with our creative, curious bundles of joy.  The play dates, the ballet lessons, the field trips.  All things that force those pride-filled smiles across mother's faces.  On and on, kids change then mothers change to meet needs.  Through all of this change, there are still small things that can flabbergast many mothers.
           Speechless motherhood!  Gum in the hair, picking noses, or coloring on walls force us to scratch our heads.  Mountains of macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, and candy pile into our shopping carts.  McDonald's Happy Meal toys, stuffed animals, and Legos shoved in between the couch cushions.  Bedtimes, nap times, and quiet time all become coveted minutes in the day.  Doctors appointments, dental cleanings, and haircuts take over your weekly duties.  Yet, time shoves its way through all of the planning, organizing, and dramatizing.
           Stop You in Your Tracks motherhood!  No matter how fluidly these events are, a mother will always puzzle over the trivial moments.  Those moments when she thought she had a grasp of the routine, situation, or event.  But that grasp loosens and loosens.  Suddenly, she's sitting in the living room folding clothes, realizing that there are 21 socks without a match!  When that happens, it's time to go to bed and hope tomorrow aligns itself.

I just don't understand how none of these match at all.


  1. You really captured those moments of motherhood! I love how you ended with the socks. Where do they honestly go?? Thanks for sharing!

  2. So true. I found myself thinking about each of those "parts" of motherhood for me. You did a nice job of thinking back to what it was like in the beginning and what it is now. Thanks for helping me think about my motherhood and what each of those pieces are for me-

  3. Michelle, I love, love, love this reflection on motherhood. You captured the stages perfectly. They're so well-crafted and any mother reading this post can relate to these stages. I laughed out loud when I read your caption under the picture. :)

  4. Fav line: it's time to go to bed and hope tomorrow aligns itself.
    Sometimes it is the best/only thing to do!