Monday, April 27, 2009

Five Things I Love About Being A Mother

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.

3 comments:

tjhirst said...

Terena,
I hear what you are saying, "those deadlines make me far more productive and creative. My life has a direction and a center, which was something I needed." In fact, I agree that I'm more creative--as a person and a writer--in a busy day of mothering then in a full day of writing. I believe the time management allows us to get more out of our time, not just do more because we are focused for good purposes. I'm impressed with your list. Thanks for tagging me. I will follow through on this tag next week as I prepare for to celebrate the births of my two girls who made me a mother and mother's day, itself, when I became a mother. Thanks for the idea. those deadlines make me far more productive and creative. My life has a direction and a center, which was something I needed.

Terri said...

Number 4 really hit me too--I had not thought about that, but it is really true. Great insight, and thanks for playing!!

Princess Abigail said...

I boy Terena I SO couldn't agree with you more! Our precious daughters have brought so much to our respective lives ... how on EARTH did we ever live without them? I loved this post!

Alison