Tagged by Terri.
1) I love watching my daughter grow and become her own person. She is utterly fascinating, and often surprising. We are different in many ways, and so alike in others.
2) I love how I can soothe her fears with a simple hug; how I am the person she comes to first for help and advice; how her face lights up when she sees me waiting for her at the bus stop and she yells, "Hi Mom." (and yes, I know how blessed I am that my teenager daughter is still happy to see me.)
3) I love how my daughter has changed the way I look at the world; how she has helped me learn to literally stop and smell the flowers, enjoy the sunshine, listen to the birds, hunt for butterflies, and look at rocks. I play more and explore more, all thanks to Queen Teen.
4) I love how motherhood has taught me to be more organized and manage my time better. Before I was a mother, I spent HOURS writing terrible poetry while sipping cappuccinos in a cafe, pondering my life, and wandering aimlessly, feeling lost. Now I have a set amount of time to write or blog or manage my book press and those deadlines make me far more productive and creative. My life has a direction and a center, which was something I needed.
5) I love how motherhood has made me stronger and shown me that I am capable of far more than I ever gave myself credit for. I feel confident and smart, something I never felt before I became a mom. Through trial and error, I've learned that I'm a good mom, and I hope I am teaching my child that she is smart and capable as well, even more so than me.
Tag! Tama and TJ, I'm passing this on to you.