April 4, 2010 § 4 Comments
This is my contribution to this week’s Sunday Share hosted by the lovely Cate @ Moments of Whimsy.
This was Easter Sunday morning 2002. Daugther is reading her first clue that set her off on her traditional Easter treasure hunt. I’m not sure where I got the idea but when my kids were about 3 and 10, I decided that instead of just the usual “I hide eggs, you find ’em”, I would do something a little more challenging.
I bought two packs of those plastic egg holder thingys, made up clues based on each child’s reading comprehension skills (the first two years we did this with Daughter I just drew pictures of where I hid the next egg) popped the piece of paper and some jelly beans or bit of candy inside and then referred to my “map” to make sure I hid the right egg in the right place.
The final prize was usually just a chocolate treat as the Easter Bunny always left their Spring baskets in plain sight. The thrill though was always in finding the next clue and deciphering it. The smiles on their faces when they read their clues and knew where to look next were priceless.
Whatever your traditions are, may they bring the joy and the promise that is intended from the season and the true meaning of Easter…which to me, is HOPE.
March 28, 2010 § 8 Comments
My contribution to Cate @ Moments of Whimsy ‘s weekly Sunday Share.
While Cate waxed poetic about the beauty of Autumn, because she’s on the other side of the globe in New Zealand, I’m here in Eastern Canada where we are experiencing a record breaking, way above seasonal temperatures, God-it’s-good-to-be-alive Spring.
And how am I celebrating this monumental occasion? Well, after just basking in the warmth and reveling in the too much time on my hands, I’ve finally begun…
What?! You don’t find spring cleaning inspirational? Okay, honestly, I never used to either. For most of my adult life I experienced it as a tedious chore. I mean keeping house, especially once teenagers enter the picture, is an every day, ongoing, relentless and repetitive series of tasks. And while not difficult, they are mind numbingly BORING!
Dishes, laundry, sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, picking up and putting away…need I go on?
But in the last couple of years I’ve begun to appreciate what a full on scrub down, a top to bottom de-webbing and an every room uncluttering can really do for your soul.
March 21, 2010 § 7 Comments
Hat tip to Cate @ Moments of Whimsy for the invite to participate in her weekly Sunday Share.
Motherhood is not measured by the number of diapers you’ve changed, the hours you’ve laid awake or the rivers of tears you’ve wiped away but instead by the smiles you allow yourself to take credit for.
Every mother knows that mothering is, for the most part, a grueling and thankless 24/7 job that doesn’t come with benefits, vacation, bonuses or any other such perks. Why do we do it? Out of pure obligation?
Sure, but more than that what’s cuts us to the core, what defines us, is that we do it for the smiles.
From the first toothless grin that you know is just for you, and not just gas, a mother’s reward is to see her children smiling. Whether it’s at her, someone else or the world at large, a smiling child is a mother’s “raison d’etre”.
March 14, 2010 § 5 Comments
Thanks, as always, to Cate @ Moments of Whimsy for her invite to join in her Sunday Share.
Finding this bit of wisdom, that I wrote myself over 6 years ago, buried in my computer files has inspired me the most this week.
BUILD IS TO CREATE AS IS LOVE TO APPRECIATE
We can’t really love something until we truly appreciate it. The same goes for building, in my case, a life beyond Mommyhood, a life where I interact with the world for my own sake and for my own ends.
I have to let go of who I was in order to create who I want to be and I have to create who I want to be through imagining, trying, exploring and testing before I can build that life for myself.
Does that make any sense? It was supposed to inspire…I hope it didn’t just inspire confusion.