Friday, February 24, 2012

super mom? i think not.

A dear friend of mine, who I admire greatly in her abilities as a mom, a wife, a homemaker, and a gifted artist, recently sent me an email that left me scratching my head.  “I have to tell you,” she wrote, “I really admire you… you're my one friend who's advice I'd take above all else on the subject of being a mom.  Not only do you ‘do it all’ it seems, but it appears you do it all so well!”
This left me puzzled!  Had she sent it to the wrong inbox?  As much as I would love to gobble up that amazing compliment and pat myself on the back for being Super Mom of the Year, it just isn’t so!  I do not "do it all" or even, "all so well!”  Hell, I still eat vitamins shaped like Barney Rubble.

So, when I have a friend tell me I appear able to “do it all,” I must smile, say thank you, while simultaneously shouting out, “have you lost your ever-lovin’ mind?!?!”  If it appears I do it all, then that is an illusion.  I don’t!  No one can!  We all have flaws, we all have areas we take pride in above others.  We all have strengths and weaknesses.  We all do the best we can, even when we feel like we’re at our worst.  Why?  Because we all love our kids.  That’s one thing moms have in common whether they sew or not, whether they cook or not, whether their house is a showcase or a clutter nest, whether they make their own laundry soap or just buy what’s on sale, whether they are crafty or couldn’t make a homemade card stand up straight, and whether they take their kids on weekly outings to the museum and theatre or just to the nearest park. We all must feel at times that other moms are doing it better than us, but that can’t be true, because God didn’t give our kids to those other moms, He gave them to us, and He never gives us more than we can handle.

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I am incredibly grateful for your comment! I will respond as soon as possible. XOXO, Mandi

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