Before I was a mom, I….
- wore dry-clean-only clothes
- put on makeup every day
- went to lunch at restaurants with fancy-sounding names
- ate slowly and savored my food
- could fit everything for a weekend trip into a small corner of the trunk
- did minor amounts of laundry
- could shop all day
- had clean, non-fingerprinted glass doors and windows
- knew all there was to know about parenting
- thought time passed slowly
- prayed repeatedly, asking God to give me a child
Before I was a mom, I never….
- shopped at Gymboree or The Children’s Place
- ate at Chuck E. Cheese
- knew the location of every restroom in stores I frequent
- looked for restaurants that offer “Kids Eat Free” night
- tiptoed through the house
- took so many pictures
- realized how much diapers, bicycles and piano lessons cost
- understood the joy that came from a spontaneous kiss and an “I love you” before my child dashed off to play
- feared so many evils in the world
- saw myself, complete with good traits and bad, reflected before my eyes
- felt such a responsibility toward another human being
- knew how grateful I would be for God’s precious gift of children
[I will return to my series of open letters next Tuesday. In the meantime, I am enjoying some “mom moments” with my family, so am sharing this post originally published on August 12, 2009.]
Yes, yes…and 10 times more "yes".:)
Jordan (MamaBlogga) says
Beautifully put. It's hard to explain the amazing gift of parenthood unless you've lived it.
Phyllis Sommer says
wonderfully said! especially the very first one, ha ha…
Lindsey the Muse-r says
I laughed when I read the "ate food slowly line!" I miss being able to do that.
love this! beautifully put to.
Well said. I have one to add….Before I was a Mom I could watch horror movies and enjoy a scary thrill now I can't watch them b/c I think "what if that was my child".
Visiting from Hooked On.
Raise Them Up says
What a great post! Well put! 🙂
And yes, clean windows are a think of the past. Lol!
Soooo verry very true.
Thanks for reminding and sharing.
TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥
Amy @ Finer Things says
Well said, Tracey. So worth it!
I'm with you – I have grown SO much since our girls have arrived – and I wouldn't change a moment!!