Mothering four children requires that the majority of my time is spent "handling" my kids one way or another--changing a diaper, signing a permission slip, removing a splinter, breaking up a fight, wiping a nose, etc., etc. But every now and then, a moment appears where I can stop being a mom with them, and just be a person with them. No instructing, no shushing, no planning, no directing....just being. Maybe something funny happens and we laugh together. Or they ask me a question that stumps me, and we have to find the answer together. Whatever the situation, the moment will appear, and for just a second we stop being mother-and-child --we're person-and-person.
This probably makes me sound like a rigid, legalistic mother, that such moments would be in such stark contrast to our daily lives. Really, I'm not rigid or harsh. But I'm practical, and that requires that I spend most of my time "on my game" as their mom. It's just part of the job. But when we all step out of our roles for just a second, it's like I catch a little glimpse into their souls, and they into mine.
And THAT's my favorite part of being a mom. Thanks for reminding me, Rachel.
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