Morning Air Show
Ten Little Toes
By: Lisa Jo Baker
For the days we are running on empty. For the days we just don't think we have it in us to read one more story, play one more game, wash one more round of sheets. For the days when we think everyone else has it together. For the days we're sure anyone else would do this job better.
For those days.
Repeat after me:
2. I shall not measure what I've accomplished today by the loads of unfolded laundry, but by the assurance of deep love I've tickled into my kids.
3. I shall say yes to blanket forts and see past the chaos to the memories we're building.
5. I shall not compare myself to other mothers but find my identity in God who trusted me with these kids in the first place.
6. I shall remember that a messy house at peace is better than an immaculate house tied up in knots.
7. I shall play music loudly and teach my kids the joy of wildly uncoordinated dance.
8. I shall remind myself that perfect is simply a street sign at the intersection of impossible and frustration in Never Never land.
10. I shall promise to love this body that bore these children, especially in front of my daughter.
14. I pray to God I shall never be too proud, angry or stubborn to ask for my children's forgiveness.
15. I shall make space in my grown-up world for goofball moments with my kids.
16. I shall love their father and make sure they know I love him.
... with love from one tired mother to another.
Kanawha County: October 30, 6-8 p.m.