Do you ever wonder how many of us would become mother’s if we had to apply for the job like we do other kinds of work? The job description might go something like this:
WANTED: Mom’s for Hire. Apply Within
Must be 25 – 40 ( give or take a few years ) and healthy. NO DRUGS, BOOZE OR TOBACCO
Woman wanted for the high-ranking position of Motherhood. Must be ambitious, smart, sensitive, funny, compassionate, flexible, domestic, career minded, spiritual, diplomatic, tenacious, creative, discerning, intuitive, energetic, a good cook, handy with a butter knife, able to operate on disturbed sleep ( for the rest of your life ), have a strong stomach, and willing to work long hours.
No retirement. Guaranteed moments of sheer ecstasy and pride, joy and terror, heart-break and confusion, laughter, comfort, amusement, and, and, and…
Come on in and help me add to this list of ” reasonable, eh ehem, Mom requirements ”
Must be able to keep a straight face when the cops show up.
( Yes, it’s happened. For the record, they were both innocent. THANK GOD! )
Be able to count to 10 ( higher if needed ) and the ability to bite your tongue at a moments notice.
Stay calm in an emergency.
Work with other people ( your husband, partner, significant other, family members and lead a team of people through the ups and downs of life.
Children are some of the best teachers on Gods green earth. If you’re willing to forget everything you ever knew and be willing to learn something new every day then you just might be the hire we’re looking for!
Please answer these questions as honestly as possible.
1) Can you say NO and mean it?
2) Can you show love ( even when you don’t feel it )
3) Can you be understanding ( even when you don’t understand)
4) Can you see more good than bad ( even when it seems like it’s all bad )
5) Can you be patient ( even when you don’t want to be )
6) Can you control your anger and frustration ( when you are boiling over )
7) Can you take a few punches, bites and scratches without hitting back?
7) Can you play make-believe?
8) Can you imagine what it’s like to be small and new?
9) Can you accept that life as you knew it will never, ever be the same ever, ever again?
10) Can you believe in miracles again?
11) Can you stretch a dime and save a nickel?
12) Can you lead by example? ( and follow too )
13) Can you be grateful? ( and gracious )
14) Can you live with being hated once in a while and being told so to your face?
15) Can you work under pressure and do it with a smile ( most of the time )?
16) Can you share? ( all the time )
17) Can you sew? ( a little )
18) Can you cook? ( a lot )
19) Can you drive? ( VERY IMPORTANT )
( a car, truck, tractor, horse, dog sled, boat, jet ski, moped, riding lawnmower, quad, wagon, horse and buggy, motorcycle)
20) Can you nurture? ( and be nurtured )
21) Can you give? ( and receive )
22) Can you touch? ( and be touched )
23) Can you clean? ( a little every day will do )
24) Can you plan? ( and then throw it out the window without a second thought )
25) Can you trust? ( and be trusted )
As my years as a mother begin to tally up ( going on 19 ) I am often amazed ( when I stop long enough to really think about it) at how becoming a mom has shaped and stretched me ( literally and figuratively ) as a woman and as a person. Don’t tell my kids this, but I’ll be darned if they didn’t whip me into shape in a hurry when I found out it wasn’t just going to be me and my handsome Yankee till death do us part. Once I learned I got ” the job ” of Mom, mama, mommy, mother I was on board for the long haul. I know I’ll never truly ” retire ” from being a mother but I’ll always be richer because of it.
I wouldn’t trade my hard earned title ( mom ) for any other ( most of the time ).
Let’s get real… Sometimes they make you want to ‘ jump ship ‘ and run for the nearest ………………..YOU fill in the blank!
Until our next shoreline visit~
BEACH BLESSINGS and a VERY Happy Mother’s Day to all!
Deb # 1199
( who’s off to nurse my 6’3″ baby boy ( 18 ) after having all four of his wisdom teeth extracted today and decide whether to let my baby girl ( 16 ) go to the after prom party Friday night!
Could someone PLEASE pass the chocolate?
Had to add this video Alex ( Rural farmgirl blogger and NEW mom ) shared!
Watch it and see if you’d work there!