I have the privilege of being a stay-at-home mom.
This week has involved a lot of rearranging plans and shuffling kids. The week started with something on the calendar every day after school. In many ways, this was a normal week.
Cate got her bottom braces and one popped off that night, requiring a quick appointment the next morning that created a domino effect of detail changes for the day.
The shuffling and rearranging of things and people used to drive me crazy. Like ruin-my-day crazy. Over time, though, my husband has helped give perspective, counseling has been a safe place for me to talk through my personality and my goals, and I’ve found peace in knowing God is the rescuer who has been changing me from the inside out.
(And we’re talking YEARS in process, my friends.)
I’m grateful I get to be available to take care of my kids when braces pop off, when picking them up from school in the afternoon works better than using the bus service, when they have so many stories and thoughts, when they need to be potty trained, when they have basketball practice and art club, when they need to learn to swim, when they’ve been invited to birthday parties at the same time.
(I’m also grateful for childcare help when I need extra help, and this week that looked like a younger friend being willing to help me when my usual help – my mother-in-law – has been out of town.)
Being available like that means I say “no” or “not right now” to good things. It means I may run late to something I volunteered to do. I have so many ideas of projects and things I want to do. But I know the truth: They won’t be little for long. They won’t need me to drive them around. They may not always freely unload all their thoughts.
But they do right now.
And I’m here.
Because mothering truly is a privilege.
I’m joining the Five Minute Friday crew today. I was excited to see PRIVILEGE as today’s prompt because this week I’ve been thinking about this privilege of mine. The rules are simple if you want to join us: Set a timer for five minutes. Then write. Share your story at the link up.