Friday, April 18, 2014

30 Things Series #17: The Thing at Which I Wish I Were Great

In continuing with the 30 Things My Son Should Know About Me series I'm writing, I present the thing at which I wish I were great. I have to say, while I knew immediately what I'd write about, I wish this were one of those listing ones, because there are SO many other things at which I'd like to be truly great. We'll have to discuss those at other times, I suppose.

I'd like to be a truly great mom. I want to have endless patience. I want to never feel touched out. I want to never need my own space or time when you also want me. I want to never get frustrated or tired or short or upset. I want to be the perfect mom for you, because you deserve nothing less.

Alas, I'm highly imperfect. That's OK, too. If I'm your model, you'll grow up learning that imperfections in yourself are normal and acceptable. You'll learn not to put people on pedestals, because they only place they can go from there is down. You'll learn that mistakes are opportunities to learn about yourself and the world around you, rather than opportunities to practice negative self-talk. You'll learn that you cannot be all things to all people. You'll learn what you want to be and what you don't want to be. You'll learn to love yourself for the most spectacular person you are truly.

I can't give you that "great" mom I wish I could. I can give you the best mom I know how to be. I hope every day that it's enough.

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