I am entering a time in my life where everything is changing. I don't really like change, but in order to grow it must happen. Times of change often find us asking questions. The question that I am being challenged with right now, Who am I?
Along the path of life it seems I have forgotten this most fundamental element...who I am.
Growing up I believed more than anything what I was to be was a mother and a wife. That is what I aspired to be; that was my dream. Actually, my dream was to be the BEST mother and the PERFECT wife.
A simple dream.
I have been married for almost 27 years. My oldest child just turned 21 and my baby just graduated from high school. My husband and children have always been my world.
When I was first married I worked full-time, but when our oldest was born I became a full-time, stay-at-home mom. For the first five years of my son's life, I cared for another little girl too in our household. Along came my second child and that little girl's baby brother. I loved being a mother! Financially times were lean, but what my husband and I were giving our children was priceless. During those formative years I was able to monitor television exposure, encourage curiosity, build motor skills, give praise and encouragement, know what my children were eating, who they were surrounded by and share my love. I knew what my children were exposed to because I was the one controlling all that touched their little lives. My husband and I laid the foundation for good life skills. My staying at home was not a decision made solely by me. It took both of us to agree to what it would cost in our lives. Looking back from where I am now...I don't see anything that I missed out on. But, alas, that is only my view.
As my children are leaving the nest, I see the rewards of our efforts. Our children are beautiful human beings. They are kind, smart and self-assured. They will do well in whatever path they choose.