[sweet glimpses of momhood]

[sweet glimpses of momhood]

Today’s post will not have any deep spiritual thoughts or anything. It was inspired by Michael Perkins’ blog of today called “Can I Sit With You?” and by the comments of all the dads who shared about how much they like to spend time with their kids…

I don’t have kids of my own yet, but for two weeks I had a chance to be a deputy mom for 11 boys. We had rollercoaster times – one moment they act like angels helping each other out, the very next moment they are fighting over something trivial.

Yet, during the Church Board meeting tonight we got to chat about our experience in the camp (since all who were present today were in the camp) and I got to share a story about my boys.

One day we had quiet time after the lunch and it was my turn to be with the boys. I was tired and so I plopped onto the bed of one of the boys and picked up a comic book that was laying next to me. Always ready to read something, I scanned the pages and saw that there was a portion called “English with Mickey” (the comic book was in Russian otherwise)… Employing several goofy voices, I read the page out loud, grinning widely because the English was extremely terrible (yes, it was that bad)…

When I finished that one-pager comic story, my boys asked me to read some more. So I have read another story about Scrooge and travelling in time. When I finished, I realized that I was surrounded by my kiddos – some were lying right next to me, some were sitting so that they could also hear the story and see the pictures.

It was a great feeling. They were so calm and quiet… and that was the first time when I felt like they were meant to be in my team… and I was meant to be their counselor.

I guess another sweet part about that was that I didn’t expect boys of 10 – 11 years want to hear a comic book read out loud to them by a girl. Afterwards, I realized that they really considered me more of a mother figure rather than an older girl. It was an honor…

So… that was my sweet glimpse of motherhood. I know that it involves more loud and proud times than these quiet gentle happy moments, yet those moments are worth it. The times when you realize that no matter what, you still love them. The times when you realize that these kiddos may not even be your own yet you care deeply for them.

  • Zee, I'm humbled that you linked me up.

    I think you nailed it. Those moments are what really means the world to me. Thank you for sharing.
    My recent post Can I Sit With You

    • πŸ™‚ happy to spread the word, Michael πŸ˜‰

  • My heart was breaking as I left for work this morning. I am responsible for unlocking the office so everyone else can go to work. The other employees who have keys are out of town, so I have to get to work on time or our hourly people start losing money.

    Well…this morning, my daughter wanted nothing more than for me to eat breakfast with her and taker her to daycare… and I had to tell her I couldn't today. Both my wife and I make sure to spend a ton of time with her, but we still regret these times when we can't. She knows she is loved. She knows I will play with her tonight…but she "needed" me this morning.

    Some days I want nothing more than to be a stay at home dad.
    My recent post The LORD be Exalted!

  • πŸ™‚ Beautiful. Glad you had a good time with the boys and the moments that will stay with you. sometimes those are the moments that will carry you..or atleast they do me when I'm having a bad day.

    • yep, those were the moments i reminded myself of when those same boys drove me up the wall with their fights, screams, and demands πŸ˜€

  • Those were some fortunate boys. My children are your age, and I still love time with them. Last night though, I read a book to my granddaughter and she, for the first time was truly engaged. She uses sign language at the end of a meal if she wants more. After my reading, she looked up at me and using her hands so I could see them (and her eyes, so that I was powerless) she asked for more. And of course we started again at the beginning.

    • hehehehe πŸ™‚ i can imagine you melting when that gaze of hers fell upon you πŸ˜€ we girls learn that art from the very babyhood πŸ˜€ (and i think guys are catching up too))))

  • Zee, that is awesome – this post has inspired me to be sure to have extra bibles at church – for adults, youth and kids – and make sure anyone who wants one gets one. Awesome!

    My recent post itwouldbenice

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