May 2012 Entries
People will disappoint you. It’s just a part of life. We’re all human and we make mistakes. Sometimes, people confront you even for doing the right thing. Sometimes, they will be angry with you for their own opinions that should not have stock in your life. Children begin to deal with this at a young age. My seven year old constantly is telling me that her and her best friend “broke up” again.
As a child, Memorial Day weekend meant camping, fishing, tubing down a river and roasting marshmallows over a campfire. I was really not aware of the gravity of the “holiday”. It was just the kick off to summer fun. Growing older, I learned more about the significance of Memorial Day. It’s not just about red, white and blue Jell-O molds and small town parades. It’s certainly not about a three-day weekend.
The first time I set my feet to the pavement during my weight loss journey, I made it barely half a mile walking. I felt so discouraged. I remember my younger brother who has always been an athlete telling me that this was just the beginning of my change that there was a long road ahead and not to get so disheartened after one day. That was what scared me; I wanted instant satisfaction.
With Mother’s Day this Sunday, I cannot help but reflect on my parenting years thus far. It makes me think back to when my oldest was born. I had these unachievable notions of the perfect mother. I would do everything right and she would be the perfect child. Naively, I believed I had it all figured out. I see many first-time moms do this. There is nothing wrong with it; they are excited and take their new role as “mommy” seriously.