I think, most times, as a parent we’re so mired in the chaos and clutter of everyday we don’t see the forest for the trees, the house for the stucco, the head for the hair, the cake for the icing, the cow for the milk, or even the thought for the metaphor (I hope I’m being clear. I always struggle with getting my point across.)
Today though, I had a moment of clarity–the veil was lifted from my eyes (it’ll drop back in place soon enough I expect). Today I saw my life and my family through someone else’s eyes and to my surprise, it looked pretty good.
It was happy. It was loving. It was successful.
I feel so grateful. As if I’ve been given a gift I didn’t expect, and it was a good gift to boot. So, today, for the first time in a very long time, I appreciate what I have. Through someone else’s eyes I see that I’m content with who I am, what I’ve done, and the uniquely remarkable children I’ve raised.
I don’t know whether to thank the Goddesses (as one friend would do) or pat myself on the back (as another friend would), all I know is I’m grateful. My children are healthy, kind, smart, loving people, and whether I actually had anything to do with that or not, I’m thankful.
Today, as a woman and a mother, it’s good.