never stops teaching.
Journaling for awareness. Growing for life.
These past few years I have so enjoyed writing about these years when my children are young—the moments that often seem like a blink, and yet, I know will all add up to being the time of my life. And each time I hear another mom talk about where she is within it all, I feel a sense of solidarity and encouragement. Through the good, the bad and the beautiful, I am grateful to have the support and levity of other incredible women.
This month, in celebration of Mother’s Day, I asked that others share with me a “mom moment” so that I could pick one to write about and honor another mom’s experience. I enjoyed reading some funny, sweet, and moving stories. Thank you to all who reached out and shared! There was one email that really resonated with me. It was sent to me from a woman named Sabrina. She explained that her three boys had just had the stomach flu. To be exact, she had awoken in the middle of the night to the sounds of her eight year old vomiting in the bathroom. An hour later her four year old was up complaining of a stomach ache… followed by vomiting. And once they were both through heaving, she found herself wide-awake waiting for the baby to cry out too.
She said: “My husband had wandered down the hall at some point and fallen asleep in the guest room. And the boys were passed out on my bed, so I went into the baby’s room and curled into a ball on the chair next to his crib where he was sleeping. I had been so tense, but slowly I started to relax. Then… to my horror, Ryan’s eyes popped open. And I just stared at him, frozen, thinking don’t be sick. But he didn’t make a sound, he just stared back at me. And then, just when I could breathe again… my ten month old began belly laughing. He was full on cracking up at 4 in the morning. I was shocked at first. He was probably thinking: mom, this is silly – you’re staring at me in the middle of the night. But his laughter was so infectious that all I could do was laugh too. Laugh away all the stress. We sat in the dark together in hysterics. Funny, there have been so many times when I’ve been juggling motherhood, work, life and wondering what the heck I’m doing. But there is nothing like pure joy in the middle of a windstorm to remind me of why we labor and love the way we do… how important it is to be a parent… but also what a gift it is to know such wild joy.”
Sabrina, thank you SO much for sharing this! It is a beautiful reminder that when life gets a little crazy, we can find a moment to slow down and experience a burst of pure joy. What a blessing it is to have these moments with a child!
I wish all you Mamas a Happy Mother’s Day! And I wish everyone crazy, wild joy!