Saturday, February 28, 2009

I am a Mother

Growing up, I had one clear plan for my life: I planned to get married and raise a family. I wanted to be a mother. Incidentally, my secondary wish was to be a teacher. Neat how homeschooling blends the two together!
I cannot remember that I ever dreamed of being a maid, a cook, a secretary, a clerk, a tax preparer, or a decorator. Obviously, my family responsibilities include parts of each of those roles. I admit to not being very good at most of them...or should I say I have many opportunities for improvement!
I have always been surprised when people say "oh, I can't wait to put my child in preschool/kindergarten" or "I can't wait for summer vacation to be over so I can have the house to myself again". OK, I do occasionally like to have the house to myself, but honestly, if I turn a large chunk of my children's lives over to the schools, what am I left with? Oh yeah, the cooking and the cleaning and the bills...and not enough of the teaching and learning and rejoicing together part that I always looked forward to motherhood for.
I am NOT a cook. I am NOT a maid. I am NOT a clerk.
I am a mother.
Come meet me at the sandbox.

13 comments:

becca said...

LOVED this post.

Maile said...

Very well put.

Although I have to say, as a beginning homeschooler, that time alone in the house - or at least time for a hobby of my own once the kids are in bed - has become something very important for me to schedule in so I can preserve my sanity.

Violin Mom said...

Thanks for the reminder. Yes, I believe life would be truly boring if I were not homeschooling. That, and I would be doing entirely too much shopping! Thanks for writing this great post!

Kelly said...

Excellent post! I couldn't agree more!

Chambers said...

I wish in many ways that I could be more like you.

Catherine Agnes said...

I've never thought of it that way, but that's a pretty strong case for homeschooling, at least through the early years.

Kelley said...

I think I need to print this out and post it in front of my eyelids. Great post.

Jeannetta said...
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Jeannetta said...

I'll try again...
I LOVE this, well put!!
Enjoy your journey, and thanks for stopping by :)

Dorothy said...

Very well said, Paula!

Mrs. Thoughtskoto said...

thanks for the post. Motherhood is simply a great blessing where we can put everything together, the things we like and does that we doesn't enjoy that much but to sum it all brings so much happiness to us and our family.

Lacey Jay said...

So nicely put! I loved it~ Also thank you for your "suggestion" :)

Phyllis said...

I love this! My sentiments exactly. :-)