Ten Things I Like About…

Ten Things I Like About Being a Mother

  • Hugs and kisses from my daughter. (And bestowing kisses and hugs on both of them. They are so snuggly!)
  • Watching the children learn things and achieve milestones -- it's endlessly fascinating, and it happens so quickly. It seems like Kavi learns something new every day now, and it is so cool.
  • Listening to Kavi tell stories to her toys. Her stories are so funny! And imaginative!
  • Making up stories for her at bedtime. (I like to think that as a writer, my bedtime stories are better than average. Please don't shatter my illusions.)
  • Singing to them both, endlessly, occasionally out of tune. They don't seem to care what I sing, or how badly, as long as I keep singing.
  • Reading them books! But Not the Hippopotamus still makes me giggle, even the five hundredth time through. (I also love anticipating the beloved books to come...)
  • Feeling quiet satisfaction in fulfilling their needs with small tasks -- like a bottle of milk, or a clean pair of underwear, or a kiss on their ouchie. (This is especially appreciated on days when teaching and/or writing are being frustrating.)
  • Playing together: coloring, building blocks and Legos, dancing, tag, hide-and-seek, peek-a-boo, puzzles, tea party, puppets, etc. and so on.
  • Hearing Kavi say, "I love you mommy the whole world in the best neighborhood!" I'm not sure where all that came from, but I'll take it.
  • No longer being the most important being in my personal universe.
Yah, that last one surprised me too. It's oddly peace-making, but I don't know that I can explain why. Hmm...maybe it takes the pressure off? Something like that.

Happy mother's day! And please do extend this to anyone who spends time raising a child -- dads and aunts and friends and nannies etc. and so on. Gods know, they need us all.

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