“But kids don't stay with you if you do it right. It's the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won't be needed in the long run.” ― Barbara Kingsolver, Pigs in Heaven
The early days are a swirl of sleepless nights and a never ending blur ... wiping faces and bums, bottles and peek-a-boo, picking up, lying down and rocking. In between them are the joys of all the firsts from the crawl to the walk to the run, and tiny teeth and little sounds that form into words ... that all to quickly turn to inquiries that give way to definitive declarations of independence. Then it all shifts into a blissful little time of the tween ... five years of blessed balance of being wanted (and needed) in ways that are less tangled and messy before life turns into pre-teen and teen ... a time when conversations become an exchange of thoughts and ideas and a reality of letting the butterfly you raised fly free into the world. I chose that quote of a job done exceptionally well translates to a need in a different kind of way. So to all the mother's i've known and take deep into my heart....hang onto these moments right now and remember the depth of their grace. Happiest of mama's day to you.