My son is 8 today, so I thought I’d take a moment to write down the first ten things that come to mind in regards to what I’ve learned in this short bit of time.
1. Birthdays are really for Mama’s. It’s a time to relish the moment your child came into the world. It gives you a minute to stop and thank God for your blessings. It’s a day of reflection for all has happened since he or she was born.
2. You thought you knew what tired was. As each year passes, I get MORE tired. The first year (and a half!) of sleepless nights is practice, people. Because once your kid gets involved in his or her life, you are along for the wild ride.
3. You thought you knew what fun was. Before kids, you’re like: look at my life, I can do what I want, this is so awesome. After having my two kids, I’ve laughed, cried from laughing and laughed even more. Kids are a blast. Yes, they wear you out (see number 2) but it is worth every tired bone in your body.
4. Patience is a necessity. I’m working on this one. I am. Please be patient with me.
5. Love is bountiful. I’m convinced you never know how much you can really love a person until you’re taking care of one.
6. Inside voices? Listening ears? Thank God for teachers who can repeat those messages during the day while you say them hundreds of times at home.
7. The little things your parents taught you are passed on. My Dad to this day can look at me and say Here Comes That Smile a couple of times and no matter what is going on with me, I can’t help but give a toothy grin. This is like a miracle drug for any bad mood. Don’t believe me? Try it next time you’re faced with a grumpy one.
8. Your mother’s voice will come out of your own body. I always knew this would happen. She warned me it would. With kids, it happens faster, my friends.
9. The eyes have it. I can look into either of my kids eyes and the truth is there. Whether they’re hurt, upset or happy as a lark – everything is stored in those two beautiful blue pools.
10. I have so much more to learn. Every day brings a new challenge. And I welcome that.