Thursday, June 18, 2009

Simple pleasures...

I've heard it said that raising children is like making pancakes, you always ruin the first one. Though I don't think I ruined my firstborn (he is such a great kid) I do wish that I would have done better in a few areas. Like making pancakes for instance. I've never been much of a make hot breakfast kind of a girl. Cold cereal has been the main morning staple around these parts I'm sad to say. That is for everyone but one lucky little boy named Waylon. Mr. Waylon gets pancakes all of the time.

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Before you get the idea that he is my favorite child, I must tell you that it is not him it's me. I am the one who has changed. I have grown in understanding that life isn't nearly as hard as we like to make it. Pancakes are not hard to make, children are not hard to please, simply joys are all around us just waiting to be snatched up.
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It is so fun to realize that if I keep moving forward I will continue to gain from this life experience. Today I have learned that I don't mind making pancakes, tomorrow I might be able to say the same about folding laundry. And if not tomorrow then someday, someday I will learn to love it (or at least be efficient at it) because I won't give up until I do.
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I no longer feel the need to race through life trying to master all of my shortcomings at once. This is a journey, an exciting journey to be figured out in joy-filled, manageable little pieces. If I don't quit, I will win.
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And that is especially true when it comes to working at being a good mom, I must never quit. Because raising children can also be like making pancakes in that we sometimes forget the last one, burning it to a crisp. I need to remain diligent in my parenting so that my last little boy turns out as great as my first.
Maybe I should start by not letting him eat sticky pancakes at the computer. Hmm, maybe.

8 comments:

Marcie said...

Could you just come follow me around and remind me of all these things? Maybe I'll just have to print your posts and keep them in my pocket.

Thanks. I needed this one today.

Bren's Life said...

What great wisdom & insight.. I need to remember this too... I am such a cereal type person. I let my kids have cereal for dinner sometimes when I don't cook. I need to be a better mom & enjoy the moments...

Bren's Life said...

Ohh- And why does it look like the pancakes are red & blue? Do you really get into it now??

The Cranes said...

Good thoughts. I struggle with laundry, too. Who doesn't? :)

Jenny-Jenny said...

When they were younger I made hot breakfast everyday (of the school year- summers a breakfast free for all). But now that we have 3 different departures for school starting before 6am, cereal it is. I do get up and make their lunches though!

4boyzmdmom said...

Great thoughts! My last little boy is getting a much better mom than the older ones did...I think I learned a few things along the way! Cold cereal has been the staple around here for years...but lately I've been making pancakes and eggs--they are more economical!! And you're right...they don't take much time at all.

MaryRC said...

waaah..! pancakes at the computer!! oh that freaked me out! you are a loved mom for sure. water is not allowed within 10 feet of my computer. LOL

a freind once said that the first child is the one your learning with, so most all things seem tough. after that, you've been through it, so its easier to parent your children that come after.

Jessica said...

Beautiful, again. I love your thoughts.