The day I became a Nana

Stop and smell the flowers

Stop and smell the flowers

 

Yesterday I was mom, aunt, daughter

A friend, cousin and wife.

Today I became a Nana

I never could have guessed the way I would feel

You changed my life on February 28th, 2010

The day I became a Nana

Those other grandparents tried to warn me

They spoke of a new and different kind of love

About how hearts turn to mush

But I just didn’t get it

Until the day I became a Nana

 

Happy 3rd Birthday to my baby girl 🙂

I wish it were me

My girls

My girls

I wish it were me instead of you.  If I could take your pain upon myself, I would.

How many mothers have said that over the course of your child’s life?

Whether soothing a feverish infant, watching your toddler get their shots with tears rolling down your face, waiting for that daredevil adolescent to have the cast put on or holding back the pony tail of a puking teenager, we’ve all been there.

This pain doesn’t have to be physical either; it can also be emotional.  Those cruel words spoken by a classmate, that first break-up, insensitive teachers and all the other situations they face as they grow.  We know these are life circumstances they have to bear alone, with our tender guidance.

I’ve often wondered what what my girls think when I utter the words,  “I wish it were me instead”.  They might find them comforting or maybe even hard to believe.  The truth is; they will never understand the sincerity or truthfulness in them, until they have a child of their own.  One of mine does understand completely now as she has already experienced this very thing with my granddaughter.

Another thing I know is that our feelings never change, no matter how old they are.  I’m still fairly young myself but I’m firmly convicted that “mother-love” is undying.  It’s too strong to die this side of heaven.

I can imagine being 90 and one of my girls suffering physical or emotional pain.  I know what will come to my mind and the words that will flow from my mouth.  “I wish it were me instead of you” and I will still mean them from the bottom of my old heart.

Daily Prompt: It is a Truth

Today’s Daily Prompt

Take the first sentence from your favorite book and make it the first sentence of your post.

IT is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. (Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice)

pride and prejudiceThis quote is from one of my all-time favorite books and authors.  I love a book that escorts me back to much simpler times.  Yes, there were some strange societal rules and it would appear odd to most American women that the primary goal of the Bennet mother and daughters was marriage and the wealthier, the better.  However, to the delight of the reader, you were exposed to the entire love-package as well in Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy.

Personally, I think the goal of marriage and motherhood a very worthy one (even if that is the primary goal).  Yes, I just said that and perhaps you would call me old fashioned.  I consider myself very blessed to have been married for a very long time and have two beautiful daughters, one of whom is now a mother herself.  I also work full-time, but my jobs as wife, mother and even domestic engineer are the most important ones to me and also the ones I’ve found to be most fulfilling.

My highest calling in this life has been to my family; to love and nurture them to the best of my ability with God’s grace and guidance.

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