Wednesday, April 28, 2010

On a Day When...



I thought my children were out to ruin the entire house, and my life along with it, {Design Mom} happened to publish a letter I wrote to myself about how motherhood is the best thing that ever happened to me.

Now that my 3 little darlings are safely snoozing in their beds (and the memories of the chocolate milk spilled on the kitchen floor, the shattered pitcher that was tossed down the stairs, and half of my silverware drawer that was catapulted off the balcony into the backyard are fading) I've had some time to reflect on {the letter}, and my day, and my wonderful (if intense) children.

They, along with their fantastic father, are the best things in the world. What would be my house without them? clean but empty. What would my day be without them? full of me--but that would feel empty after a while, too.

So, I guess the irony is that a letter I wrote to a younger me, came back to an older me and brought it all into perspective. Thanks me, for another reminder. I needed it. And really, chucking silverware off a deck has got to be pretty fun if you think about it.

17 comments:

EmmaP said...

i had a mother-melt-down moment the other night. Then i logged on to lds.org and listened to some of the gen conf talks... loved the ones on Moms & Daughters, since I am especially having a hard time with my daughter right now. Reminders are good! Glad you got yours. And glad I'm not the only one... my "shattered pitcher" came in the form of several "I hate you"s this week.

We can only do so much, and then it is in His hands. :)

LL said...

perspective is a beautiful thing!
This mothering stuff is hard, but you're right...what would life be without them.
quiet and boring. I'll take the chaos :)

jwise said...

I think perspective is the hardest thing to come by when kids are little. (Or even bigger.) I'm glad you could supply your own today! That's pretty awesome.

Ginna said...

Sometimes the younger us knows better. Or not, but what a great thing to learn from yourself.
Wait, did that make any sense? Anyway, I think it's awesome your letter got published because I love it. You're so smart and patient and wonderful. You're the best.

Amanda D said...

Congratulations, Megan! That is awesome. And the letter is perfect. Absolutely.

Sarah said...

I'm hopping over from Design Mom, where I read your letter (which was beautiful!!). Heartwarming post!

Tiffany said...

Wow Megs! You're famous! :)
I loved the letter.
ps I miss you.

K said...

Interesting. The younger you is writing from the standpoint of naiveté and hope. She isn't as tired. Not subject to the intense focus on the moment that the older you is living with. When you have small children, it's like the immediate moment rises up around you like a room, or a meat-eating plant, and it becomes all there is - the whole world - that one stifling moment is eternity. The younger you perhaps reminds you of a broader context - and there is, of course, a broader context (it is but a small moment - the Lord says that to the man who is tarred and feathered and kept in a cellar/prison in which he cannot stand up straight for an entire year).

You have to deal with the damage. You have to clean up the mess. And those moments are real. But they are small pieces of the puzzle, pieces you pay dearly for, I know. Still, it's the entire picture that has to keep you going - knowing that every piece has an impact on the final image, the over-arching reality in the end.

You were pitching pitchers once, and so were Gin and Cam and Joel and the rest. Now, you are part of a new club - the grown ups, linked to each other, past, future - with much life to live, and a lot of building of that life ahead of you.

Interesting. It's all so interesting.

Angela said...

Your kids are so lucky to have such a cool mom! Next time you're launching silverware give me a call. Sounds fun!

LL said...

question/favor. Would you guest post for me??? I want a few people to write about MOTHERHOOD the first week of May. I LOVE that letter you wrote yourself. Would you be willing to guest post and use that letter or whatever one you want (if you wanted to write something else)?!? I love your humor and talented way of writing. Let me know what you think.
THANKS. my email is lauradaylewis at yahoo

Kristy said...

Ok I just read your letter to yourself. I cried. I felt/feel the same way. Would you mind if I put it on my blog?! Email me...
kbhodgkinson@gmail.com

alli said...

I loved your letter on Design Mom. My husband and I are on the brink of trying to conceive, and last night I was feeling a lot of anxiety about it. Your letter was just what I need to read, so thank you.

Amy said...

Okay, that brought tears to my eyes. Thanks. I really needed that.

Damaris said...

that post was my favorite of the whole series! I loved it.

Kyler and Hillary said...

I am a stranger...but my cousin was featured on design mom and I just read your featured post as well. tears were flowing down my face. This is my story exactly. exactly. except I just have one so far:) That was such a neat little letter you wrote to yourself. I hope my little girl really will do all those things that you said...melt my heart!

Marlynn Byers said...

That letter to yourself is truly inspirational! You are awesome. I feel awesome knowing you. You are a really good writer, you said everything so perfectly.

the fellers said...

I just read that letter and it made me all teary eyed...I am so glad you didnt remember to take that pill, cause look how dang cute your kids are!!!

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