Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Of Two Minds

I get the MOPS emails and this one was so good, I know there's a lot of you mom's out there and I think we all need this reminder from time to time to just be more like our children!

Of Two Minds

Does your child puzzle you at times?

Moms, enjoy this excerpt from "Of Two Minds" by Carol McAdoo Rehme, which appears in Chicken Soup for the Mother of Preschooler's Soul.

Mothers step cautiously around the mud and dutifully check their soles.
Children stomp in the puddle and freckle their world.
Mothers look at the blistering sun and moan about the heat.
Children drag out the hose and dance under the sprinkler.
Mothers polish their possessions and judiciously store them in their rightful containers. Children lose their toys and sometimes even give them away. For keeps.
Mothers invest and save.
Children trade a dime for a penny because it's larger.
Mothers frown at the beat and turn down the volume.
Children gyrate and hop, spin and twirl, then amplify the song with their own harmonies...and their own lyrics.
Mother walk by a flowerbed and comment on the choking weeds.
Children pluck handfuls of dandelions and weave them into a crown of gold....
Mothers act like the grownups they are. Grownups who have lost the motion in music and forgotten that a crown of dandelions is worth its weight in gold. Grownups who have let their spontaneity rust.
And children act like the children they are. Finding magic in the moment, wonder in the weed, and perspective in the puddle. They are earthy and earthly emissaries sent to remind us daily to seek the joy in life.

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fairylaura said...

I absolutely love this! Thanks for sharing!


deshelestraci said...

I love MOPS as you know.  This is my last year on the Steering commitee, but I'll be attending meetings still.  I've been in MOPS for 5 years!  Wow.  Doesn't seem possible.