Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mother's Day

Being a mother. Whoa, it's the biggest challenge! The head spins! Just so you know, you can fill those mommy-type shoes even if you do not have children. And the flip side of this: you can have children and not be engaged much in the mommy life, for whatever reason. Still, for most moms, I do think kids make you rethink life. They're a preoccupation, an emotional high, riddled with a touch of anxiety. Mothering is a process: you never stop figuring out how to do it well. It's a belief system. Something that fills your soul every day of the year.

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So happy mother's day to all you mothers and motherly dedicated souls. Sit back and reflect on how wonderful it all can be!

(here's someone who has mommied her way through several litters of little ones...)

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In south central Wisconsin, it's yet another cool and mostly cloudy day. But it hardly matters. Throw a fleece jacket on and you'll be fine. And if you're working outside, chances are you'll unzip it.

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Ed and I do another big push with yard work. I'm still moving and removing plants in the Big Bed. That's this one:

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I know every single plant intimately. It's like having a thousand children -- you learn their habits pretty quickly.

The animals keep pestering me -- the cats want food (constantly), the cheepers get in my way as they try to scoop up the worms I dig up. Still, it's grand to be making so much progress! Honestly, the Big Bed has never had such a good tune up. And most of the new plants are planted -- in all of the nine fields I have to work with.

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We pause for breakfast...

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... and I have a lovely video-visit with my daughter and granddaughter in Chicago. Too, I squeeze in a quick house cleaning. But mostly, I dig the yard up and heave dirt all day long (thinking motherly thoughts of course!).

In the evening, the Madison young family comes over.  The packages speak to the holiday today! My daughters are singularly responsible for me to sometimes look decent in the summer months!

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This mommy had been away for work for a couple of days. The little girl is thrilled to have her home again.

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Snowdrop, building with Sparrow, who is more adept at knocking things down at this point....

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And the day is done. Oh, but what a full day! And the plants grow, and the kids get older and it all somehow makes sense. Your work eventually pays off. How sweet is that!