They say that when you can admit that there is so much that you don’t know that you are really able to begin learning.
I don’t know how to explain exactly how I feel at this moment in time. It’s a little awkward but I find myself asking mothers if they wished they “knew” more before becoming a mother.
I don’t like to use the expression I would have done it differently but I think I would have done it better. But, then again how would you know now what you didn’t know unless you did it the way you did it?
Life’s a little strange that way –
I asked a friend of mine, if she felt this way, and I think her description of being kicked in the face accurately describes how I feel.
I found a blog written by an old acquaintence of mine, LettersForLucas. Her experience as a mom and the circumstances in her Life drastically alter her experience as a mother from mine but I came across an blog entry entitled I Never Knew and was so thankful that so many mother’s feel this way.
But it got me thinking and I wanted to share some of my OWN.
I NEVER KNEW…
…That laundry never ends (literally)
…That I could get in and out of the car so many times in a day
…I would feel sorry for the family on the plane with the screaming baby
…that organizing play dates is hectic
…that I would think television in the back of the car is a good idea
…that playing outside is not the norm
…that I would need to research so much
…that Target would be my second home
…that a clean house is only possible at 9 pm
…that exercise is essential
…that chaos can be organized
…that I wouldn’t care if you threw up on me in the middle of a crowded restaurant
…that one of my favorite times is having you asleep in my arms
…that I would pay so much for Food
…that planning a family party could trigger anxiety
…that washing the dishes is sometimes therapeutic
…that HomeEconomics is a worthwhile class
…that I could waste so much
…that bugs wouldn’t scare me
…that being dirty meant having fun
…that there really is no “dinner time”
…that it really does take a village to raise a child
…that splitting my attention could be so difficult
…that I could get so frustrated
…that I could love something so much
…that I could feel so much fear
…that letting go is a skill
…that I would change so much
…that I would be tested so often
Please share if you also Never Knew Something after Motherhood…
Live and Learn. We all Do.
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