- Family and Parenting
Dandelions Over Roses Any Day
Life as a mommy is a daily sweet serenade full of surprises that stop a duel moment before it comes.
As a mommy of four I find myself a star of what would might make me millions if there would be a hidden camera on our very suspenseful Sega of everyday life.
No, I wouldn't be what you call glamorous, with my past four c-section pooch, nor do I have seven layers of makeup, but what you see is what my hubby and children adore. Everyday life tells more than a film series or soaps, it continues past the the long boring film credits.
Yes, sometimes things get way out of hand around here! Instead of strolling down the red carpet under the flash of the camera, I trip over the toys to catch a kid flashing the neighborhood peeing off the front porch. Why they think they can become invisible your telling me!
Kids have a way of redeeming themselves, when you think you had all you can take they interrupt the tense domestic scene with cute smiles, funny words or a gift of love.
Sometimes chores can bog you down as they do me. Sometimes I feel like all I ever do is laundry, dishes, dusting and vacuuming only to start all over again the next day, that's if I get it done the day before.
I've said many times, " I feel like the only mother without a perfect house!" In the middle of my pity party charade so often I've been interrupted with a little dirty faced kid, smiling big with hands behind his back. That smile of eagerness melts my current stresses away. Then the child takes his bouquet of dandelions from behind his back and says, " I picked these for you mommy!" That's it! I almost tear up every-time. I get a fresh handful almost everyday. My sweet little child walks away with his chest poked out, proud of what he did for mommy.
Yes, roses are nice and they cost allot more than dandelions, I'll take dandelions any day from a precious child that I know loves me. All the money in the world could not buy those special moments!
My 6 year old son asked me the other day," Mom, how did we get so rich?" I laughed in surprise that he would ever think we were rich. After all we don't drive a brand new car, we live in a nice home, but clearly not a mansion, he don't have just any toy he wants. I replied, " We are not rich, daddy has to work hard and we get enough money for our needs God's blessed us, but we are not rich! You could have fooled him he was actually surprised by my response. Later I thought about it allot and I came to the realization that he was right, we are rich. We may not have the ritzy pleasures as some of high society, I may not wear diamonds and see the world, but looking though his eyes I see I really have it all.
My man is not gone 80% of the time meeting quota and catching planes while I shop elite malls paying full price. I see him every night, sometimes sweaty and saw-dusty, but totally hot. Sometimes he's dropped in and seen me trying to sweep and breastfeed at the same time, barefoot in my jammies, but he tells me I'm beautiful and takes me in his strong arms. That makes diamonds look inferior, true love and lasting marriage.
So please don't feel sorry that my castles kinda small, my checkbooks not 6 figure, chores and kissing boo boos are my daily routine, my styles kinda lame or that my vase is full of dandelions.
Save your money on the roses, I'll take dandelions any day!
Candace Green May 18, 2009