It’s great to tell the truth about motherhood. To be honest about how hard it is. But sometimes, we need to focus on the good. (There’s no punchline. Well, not really.)
None of us would deny that some days raising kids is HARD. Some days, it makes us want to cry. Some days (most days) that 5 minutes before bedtime feels like another 12 hours, right? Some days we wonder how we’re going to get through the next 18 years. (Whilst panicking that, even then, they might not move out. EVER.)
And then we find stuff like this. Pictures that our kids have drawn. That show we’re doing more good than we could ever realise ourselves.
Here are 7 pictures that Beaver, my 5 year old, has drawn. Mostly at school. In her lunch break. And I’m a bit overwhelmed that I am having this much of an impression on her. That she is thinking of me when she’s not even with me. How does she love me this much when all I pretty much do is nag her to put her shoes on?
And this is the truth about motherhood. That we need to focus on just as much as all the stuff that drives us ever so gradually insane. All the sacrifices we perceive we are making. All the moments we think we are banging our heads against a brick wall. All the tears and tantrums.
Because they amount to this.
We are their rocks. And our kids blooming well love us.
1. ‘My Mummy, she helps me.’
Even though the yellow and red face is probably (definitely) me shouting and screaming at her.
2. ‘Dear Mum. I love you. You’re the best in the nuoll. I love you too.’
No idea what a nuoll is. But happy to be the best mum there anyway.
3. ‘Dear Mummy. I am not well. Can you come to school. I love you.’
I didn’t pick her up. Because I didn’t find this in her bag until a few days later. I’ve told her to email me next time.
4. ‘My mum moved my bed to the window-sill’
This was a BIG moment in our house. I was (and still am) a hero for doing this.
5. ‘I love Mum.’
Awwww. So sweet. Despite the funny looking bugs at the top that I’ve attempted to cut out.
6. ‘Dear Mum. I have a problem. I’m sorry because I have lost your pen. I am really sorry.’
The fact that she is writing this letter WITH A PEN makes me suspect that she hasn’t lost it at all. And that it has now joined one of the many bags of crap, stowed away in her bedroom.
7. ‘Heart Mum and Dad.’
OK. So Dad gets a mention here too. But ‘Mum’ still comes first ;0)