My first two children were born 18 months apart and I was overwhelmed when they were babies. I wondered then if I would ever have my life back, if I would ever fulfill the other dreams that I had for my life.
Out of that inner struggle, I wrote this poem in 1978 when my first two were 3 years old and 18 months old, respectively. I want to share it with you with love on this Valentine's Day of 2012.
Thank you so much!!! As a mom in my twenties I can tell you this really speaks to me - sometimes I wonder when I will get to do all the things I had thought I'd be doing now, in what for many are the "me first" years, before settling down. There will be time to paint, to travel, to sit in cafes writing and to do yoga at sunrise. For now, I'm working on finding little bits of time to do small things that nourish my soul - and to be fully present to enjoy these sweet early years of my son's life. It's like high school, really - everyone tells you it's just four years, that there is so much more to life after, that it is just a tiny window of time before the world really opens up in all its possibilities...but while you are in it, the stresses and drama and pressures can be so overwhelming! It is helpful to be reminded of the peace in taking a long view. :-)
~ Lucky wife of DH and loving mama to DS (04/11) ~
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Julie, wife to my dearest friend since August 2009. Mama to Oliver & Lydia , born August 2011. Enjoying: and , , and looking forward to making baby food , and continuing to watch my wee ones grow .