edu180atl: carter thomas 9.26.11
I have learned that for the first time in a long time, this somewhat “type A,” driven lady that I am is under the deadline gun.
Usually, I would have been tinkering with a final draft of this post right now, rather than racing to finish, but I’ve learned that planning something to the nth degree can often hinder more than it can help.
I have to sheepishly admit that I’m glad I didn’t spend any of the weekend planning what I would write, for I was busy playing “mommy” to three precious children, and I would not have traded a single minute of it. As a nearly 32-year-old single lady, I had the chance to feel what it’s like to have little mouths depend on the food I made, expectant eyes react to the surprises I prepared, and impressionable hearts react to the directions I gave, the example I set. While I often know some of these feelings as a middle school teacher, I have the freedom to go home and escape to my own world where I only REALLY have to be accountable to myself.
And so this past weekend, between the few plans made for the kids’ sake, we made room for the unexpected, the unplanned – games, impromptu prayers, jam-on-the-piano-and-guitar time, movies, and “tuck ins.” In the midst of the weekend playing “mommy,” I learned more intently what a consuming, complex, and all the more beautiful, creative, and essential job it is to be a mother.
About the Author: Carter is a lumbering soul on this gift of a journey, who loves being with her family, friends, 6th and 7th grade English students, and the teams she’s privileged to coach. Along the way, she’s still learning how to BE with faith, music, poetry, movement, and nature, her guiding muses. She reflects on everyday grace on her blog.