You know when you are reading blogs and you come across a blog and think I want my blog to be just like that when it grows up. That was what I thought when I found this week’s Blog Friend Feature. Hers was one of the very first blogs that I started following when I started blogging.
Meet Angie from Seven Clown Circus. I so relate to her stories about parenting. What I really love about her is that she writes funny posts and serious posts: but it’s always her voice coming through. She is also the host of Wordful Wednesdays, so if you like to show off your pics but have to write about them, too, you should link up with her. I was so excited when she agreed to be BFF this week because I know that you will love her.
Parenting is a paradox. I really believe that.
I’ve been a mother for 11 years now, which seems like such a long time.
And at other times not so long at all.
I feel like I’ve aged about a million years in that time, yet I feel younger now than ever.
See what I mean? 🙂
I thought I’d have buckets of free time when my children went off to school. I have less time now than I’ve ever had in my life.
I was told countless times how life gets busier once the kids go to school. I didn’t buy it. It didn’t make sense to me. I thought that nothing could be more time consuming that mothering babies and toddlers. And, really, nothing is. I didn’t understand that by busy they meant that they’d be hard pressed to find any block of time for themselves because they’d be scheduled here there and everywhere. I didn’t comprehend that the chauffeuring, homeworking helping, dinner making, extra curricular shuffling, social calendaring, volunteering, roll would take so much time. I didn’t realize that mothering older children can be as taxing as mothering infants. Just in a different way.
I’ve found that some things are harder, but some things are so much easier. Like going out with my children without bottles, diapers, strollers and that emergency change of clothing.
I guess the main thing I’ve found about parenting is that it doesn’t always make sense, but it’s worth it.
And of course, parenting is a paradox.