40 Reflections #20: 40 days of raw recollections during the Lenten Season
The multitude of miles on the road of motherhood can be bumpy, yet always fulfilling.
As parents, we navigate from diapers to diaries — pacifiers to car keys. Personally, I’ve been blessed to be home with our children throughout their childhood.
A Stay-At-Home-Mom. A title I relish.
Sure, once they are all in college (God-willing), I’ll work until I’m 95, but right now, I’m home, and isn’t that worth the same as a large 401K?
(Please keep answers to yourselves).
Given the fact our Irish Triplets will be attending college (God-willing) back to back, I have decided to substitute teach (and work other part-time jobs) as much as possible to continue saving. So, I’ve been working nearly every day.
Today, I was offered a long-term, substitute position in the Pre-K Special Needs Room. Having worked in this room for years, I knew accepting the position was the right thing to do. Primarily, to serve the students, but also to support the teachers who work insanely hard in a room where each child’s mind resides on the spectrum.
Mulling over the new work schedule with our 15-year-old daughter, she sweetly stated,
“Well don’t forget about us!”
My heart stumbled on itself. Touched, I uttered, “Awe, you guys miss me when I’m working?”
“Sure.” My daughter assured me. “But, we have no food.”
“What?” I questioned.
“REALLY, we have NO FOOD.”
Visualizing the grocery inventory in my mind, I was certain we had plenty of food for them to make their breakfasts and lunches. So I probed further, “What do we need?”
“Well, you know, Goldfish and Cheez-Its!”
Ah-ha! That’s what they needed me for. I was the supplier of high-carb snack foods for their lunches! It all makes sense now. I asked her to add the items to the Costco list, and I would make my way there Monday.
Whether our children admit missing me or not, I will always supply them with lunch snacks (until I crack the code for those yummy crackers and make my own), drive them wherever they need to go (and take all of their friends), and listen to their stories even if it’s waaay past their bedtime.
Being a mom is indeed the ultimate job, for me.
Dig Deep: Make time for your workouts, even if you’re working. It’s not easy, and you’re going to want to skip it, but don’t!
Lenten Challenge: Remember our work is for serving others, THEN to pay the bills.