Let us take a second to look at this picture.
This, my friends, is a perfect picture of motherhood. This is the picture that we, as mothers, try to hide from the public. Instead, we work our hardest to "put ourselves together" each day so that no one will ever really know how exhausted we really are.
Well, this blog is about being real and this picture is as real as it gets.
THIS IS MOTHERHOOD
Let me explain:
At the time this picture was taken I was in the midst of trying to explain to Anna that she could not climb out of the window.
Apparently, while I was taking a shower Anna was attempting to open Paul's bedroom window to climb out on the roof with the birdies. Yep. You read that correctly. She was trying to climb out the window.
OH MY GOSH
I heard Paul screaming, jumped out of the shower, threw some random clothes on and tackled little miss anna as she worked hard at opening the window. The bowl I have in my hand is full of Gold Fish (that little cracker snack that children adore) to bribe her (oh come on, we all do that).
Another thing that I love about this picture is the laundry.
Look at all that laundry!
Now, that is JUST 3 days worth of laundry.
When you have little ones you have a massive amount of laundry because SOMEONE is always peeing or pooping on themselves or spilling something ALL OVER THEM. The kids go through a massive amount of clothes each week. Don't even get me started on Paul, age 5, and his need to change his underwear several times a day.
You might be asking yourself, "where was your husband while all this was going on?" And I shall respond to that brilliant question.... he was sitting on the bed reading a book.
That is why this picture IS NOT a picutre of parenthood but a picture of MOTHERHOOD. Ya see, we mothers have MOMMY EARS and MOMMY SENSE so we know when our children are in danger........even when we are in a nice hot shower lathering our hair with invigorating shampoo that promises to leave us feeling less stressed.
The major lesson I have learned from being a mother is this:
While we try to teach our children all about life,
our children teach us what life is all about.