Time is a strange thing for mother's. Somedays feel like there should be a big S on your chest and a red cape hanging from your back because you have the energy and purpose of a super hero. Other days feel like it is a crawl to the finish line on hands and knees at the end of the day and your not even sure you accomplished anything. Lately, for me, it has been a crawl across the finish line truly perplexed and discourage at the mounting tasks that I just can't seem to get finished. The other day I was feeling defeated while I was doing dishes and cleaning the kitchen that never stays clean. The thought occurred to me that regardless of how I "feel" like I am doing, I am still accomplishing much. The outside world has no idea if it's a super hero day or a survival day.
When I was a kid I hated hiking because I was slow and always felt like I wasn't good enough to keep up. My dad would pace me and say 25 more steps and then you can rest for a minute and then 25 more steps. Even at age 23 and climbing Utah's highest peak (King's Peak 13, 500feet) my dad walked beside me saying 25 more steps then rest. I realize as a mother, that is how I survive some of my day's. I think, "Just clean up 10 more items and then you can rest for a minute." or "Just retouch one more order and then you can rest." Sometimes letting go of reaching the top of the peak is the only way to make it 25 more steps because the WHOLE mountain of motherhood can seem insurmountable.
And then the next morning comes and the super cape comes out and the obstacles seem tiny compared to the superpower that is motherhood. The confidence returns and you feel like you not only can climb mountains but truly move them.
Photographs are those moments when mom's can stop and realize it doesn't matter what kind of day we're having or whether we are crawling or flying as long as those little faces know they are loved.... And that is enough.
This sweatheart came to visit me yesterday and lightened my whole day. Thanks so much K for braving the snow. I have to admit that you have THE BEST shoes for this cute baby. I hope someday she realized just how stylish of mother you are. My prediction is in 20 years the two of you will find much joy together at the Nordstoms shoe sale bonding as only mother and daughter can do. These are good days... but those will be too. Maybe you could find me the perfect shoes to match my super hero cape.