I have been a mom for over a decade now. If I add in all the ages of the children I have watched, had a hand in raising, tutored or taught something that number would be closer to century!
It has been an amazing ride, and we are only half way through! I think I’ve done an O.K. job. Maybe tooting my horn there, but that is what I think.
There is one thing that is always, ALWAYS present in the ‘hood’ of Mommies: Chaos.
No theory either. This is proven, hard, fact!
Chaos comes with children, the only variable is the amount you’ll receive.
You won’t know which kind you’ll get until it happens, but I know that what ever you kind you get, as a Mom, you’ll figure it out. Maybe not right away, but you will. Have hope because there is a solution to learning how to deal with the chaos.
When you figure out that one, another will pop up. This is where I am. Right now. Today. Tomorrow. And who knows for how long…apparently chaos is also a constant, but I am open for scientific debate on that one.
Take for instance puberty.
Some Moms complain about those ‘terrible twos’ or the ‘frightening fours’. Me I’d take either one ANY day over puberty.
It’s not even puberty in and of itself that is the problem. It’s the new-ness of it. The totally out-of-left-field-but-you-knew-it-was-coming-you-just-didn’t-KNOW, new-ness.
This curve ball is a doosey!
My mitt is way too small to catch this one!
The umpire has left the arena.
The fans, well, they’ve stayed to watch the outcome of this whole process because this will affect them as a society. How we get through puberty will be a large determining factor of the adult to come.
So much pressure.
Two things that make life difficult.
Thankfully, I am not alone. Many Mom’s have done this before me…and survived. Heck even their kids survived into normal, functioning, wonderful adults.
This gives me hope. So much hope.
And I tremble in fear of screwing it all up.
Tender times this puberty season.
Tough times too.
I know there is a balance in there somewhere and by gosh golly I’m gonna find it!
Until then, I’ll keep embracing the chaos and dipping deep into my patience well.
And breathe…I must remember to breathe…because when we figure this one out, I have no idea what the next new chaos will bring. But I know it will bring it’s full game and I know I’ll be ready!