Another month’s escaped me since I first drafted this post…no more “Save Draft” for more edits, touch-ups. With less time to write (let alone edit!), I just need to let the words out and let them be. Just love them as they are, as I do my Mina.
It’s been 2 months since my last post, 2 months since Mina’s first day of Friends & Me class. Where does the time go? Days, weeks, months just move too quickly…Mina is surely growing up too fast! I can’t catch up to do the thing I really want to do: WRITE! I just have to make time! Just Do It, right?
Today, I was touched by this quote:
“The best advice I’ve ever given — I hope — is that which I gave to my son when he was growing up. He said, ‘I don’t have any friends. How can I get some friends?’… I told him two things. I told him, ‘In order to get a friend, you have to be a friend…’ And also I told him, ‘There’s a place in you that you must keep inviolate. You must keep it pristine, clean, so that nobody has the right to curse you or treat you badly. Nobody. No mother, father, no wife, no husband, nobody.'” – Dr. Maya Angelou
Makes me wish I was given this gift of advice when I was young but more greatly, makes me happy and proud to be able to share Maya Angelou’s advice with Mina (when she’s older, of course!). I daydream about all the wonderful things I hope we’ll get to share as mother and daughter, as us as a family.
I’m not fooling myself; I am fully aware it won’t ALL be happy, breezy times. There’ll certainly be challenging times beyond anything I could ever imagine now, but I hope I’ll be able to live through them with love and grace.
I smile thinking about all the wonderful things we already share: hugs & kisses, tickles & laughter, stories & poetry, even demands & tantrums.
Motherhood has been by far the most amazing gift ever, especially because I get to share this magical journey of parenting with the love of my life. We have our moments. He breaks my favorite bodum cup. Honey! I break our special artwork mug. Sorry! He runs my delicate new top in the dryer. Again! I nag at him. Sorry…
Yet, even in the most annoyed moments, we know that it is just that, MOMENTS. It’s fleeting, only momentary, never here to stay. Even at the height of our annoyance, we each know, without a doubt, that we love and that we are loved.
Our love is never harmed or touched, only opens to reveal the unfathomably resilient unconditional love. It’s like what Maya Angelou’s saying. Our love is what we keep inviolate; we protect, keep our love safe and whole, with all its flaws and magic intact.