As you may have figured out from previous posts, I am a Mum; That (usually) celebrated mythical creature who keeps all the juggling balls in the air with grace, poise and dignity… Who am I kidding, there hasn’t been a Mum alive who hasn’t dropped the ball at some stage; and those rare dropped balls are always the ones that remain in our mind, replaying over and over whilst we question all that we do and whether we are a “Good Mum” or doing irreversible damage to our offspring.
However sometimes our kids do something or come out with something that floors you and reminds you that your kids will love you no matter how many balls you feel you drop.
I had one of those experiences today. It was School Assembly day at our little Rural School, and the kids (all 10 of them) had been working hard on Art Projects for weeks to show in the Exhibition that was a part of the afternoon’s gathering for the families and community members of the School.
Each of the Students had made a Portrait of someone who inspires them, as well as composing a paragraph explaining why they had chosen that particular person. I must admit it was refreshing to see lots of Mums, Dads, Pops and Nans chosen along with a Teacher thrown in for good measure.
Mr 7 had chosen Me. Whilst I was having a little giggle at the Portrait my son had painted of me, my eyes quickly scanned his justification in choosing me. As my eyes read the first sentence, my breath caught in my throat. Words like Supportive, Affectionate, Compassionate, Creative, Common Sense, and Genuine jumped out at me… Compliments like that are always nice to hear, but when they come from someone who changed your life the minute you learned of their existence, they carry so much more weight…
As a Mum, you spend so much time and energy trying to inspire your child to be a nice person, to approach life with curiosity to help foster their learning, to explore their creativity through arts and crafts, or to be active and use their body. It can be exhausting, infuriating yet incredibly rewarding as well.
The revelation that my son was inspired by my efforts to achieve these things in my own life was one of the happiest I have ever had. The Inspiration of my Life was Inspired by Me. Mind Blown.