It’s a good thing there’s an upside

I wish I could paste all the joys of motherhood on a big umbrella that we could sit under when it rained.  Because there are certainly more joys than pain.  It’s hard to describe how beautiful a sleeping child is and how seeing them that way moves you to your core (every time).  There are no words for the moment your child catches your eye and you see God. The giggling, the tickling, the running.  Laughing at their botched attempts to act like you.  Mispronounced or misused words.  Clothes on backwards.  Fascination at the smallest bits of the world (Bug!), excitement at every passing vehicle (Bus!).  Squishy bits, soft skin, new teeth, long lashes, pug noses, bright eyes, secret smiles, elbow dimples, fat ear lobes.  A big giant umbrella to keep us dry from the pangs of sorrow.

The pain of mothering young children (and maybe older?) is what really stands out.  What strikes me are the every day occurrences where I fail, I fall.  The sorrow of mother sins too small to speak but too big to bear silently.

The only way to downplay the strife of mothering is to pour the honey that is humor all across its back and lick the stickiness off your fingers.  Maybe it will coat the cracks and fill in the gaps and gook up their sweet little memories till all they can see is the love.

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8 comments
  1. i don’t know if my kid fits into the older or younger category at this point, but it’s sure as hell hard to mother her some days. and i’ve only got one, but i know that’s just God not giving me more than i can bear.
    those good bits sure are delicious! that snuggle or look or softy skin can change the whole direction of a day.

    • alltheseblessedthings said:

      It’s the whole “It’s a good thing you’re cute” thing, isn’t it. It’s a good thing they’re cute, is all I’m sayin’.

      • for real! i figured that out when brooke was about 4 days old!

  2. Morgan said:

    Love this!

    • alltheseblessedthings said:

      Thanks, Morgan. I might actually make a little umbrella to hang on my fridge.

    • amy said:

      Those last 3 sentences are a poem.

  3. Jess said:

    so, so, so true. every word.

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