Friday, April 27, 2007

The Real Moms Meme: My Turn

Real moms have realizations...

...such as a few weeks ago when my daughter was in church with me. I love the worship time during our service. I have a hard time shutting down my brain and connecting in the moment. During worship however, that is not a problem. It is one very consistent place where I can "be" with God, present with my emotions, happy or sad and I just am: a mess, content, troubled, at peace, all of the above.

So, you can imagine the buzz kill my daughter was. She was pretty quiet but moving around. Up and down. Down and up. Every time she stood up, the movie theater style seat creaked. She'd tug on my arm. You know, fidgety kid stuff.

I kept trying to stay in my blissful worship moment, only to have to stop and encourage Marley to sit down, etc. "You're ruining my worship!" I wanted to say--may have said even. My interior monologue went something like this:

Why can't my kid just do what I tell her to? Is it so hard for her to just sit still? I've got something I'm doing here and...

she's...

not...

co...

op...

er...

at...

ing.



Oh.


And there I have it. A realization in the middle of worship that I am like a child who chafes at God's instruction. I don't listen to what he has to say. I won't sit still long enough to hear what he's saying. I don't tend to cooperate with his plan. Another instance of a child teaching her mother something profound.

Hmmm. Something to think about.


I was tagged by atypical of nonsensical text for this meme. And in turn, I tag the Ravin' Picture Maven, chickenone, Sheila and PeanutButtersMom. All you do is finish the thought: Real moms... You can do it with pictures and/or words. Whatever you like.

7 comments:

Shari said...

I can't wait for these Mom moments with my daughter. :-) You're such a great mommy, Mary! Yes, that's a compliment, and you just have to accept it. LOL. :-)

Mel said...

Geeze.

The messages are everywhere this morning.

He must be wanting my attention for a reason, huh?

*sending warm thoughts*

Mary-LUE said...

Thanks Shari! Hey, I've lost your email address. We really need to get crackin' on a meet up... the baby will be here before you know it!

atypical said...

You know, I have come to that realization a few times in my parenting voyage. It is a very humbling one, don't you think?

I am so glad you are a real mom. This was something of which I needed to be reminded right now, I think.

{{{{hugs}}}}

-t

L-Girl said...

Mel is right....there are messages everywhere!

Julie Pippert said...

Ohhh me! I'll get on it. :)

Lovely lovely insight. I like your real moms...message.

PeanutButtersMum said...

i promise that i haven't forgotten about this tag; i just can't think of anything good yet! and, i'm too lazy this week to even attempt a link on my blog. how sad am i, really? ;-)