Have you heard people talk about their ‘season’ of life? “It’s the season I’m in right now” can be over-heard from a new mom, to a seasoned mom of teenagers, to an empty-nester. Everyone has a season.
It wasn’t until I had kids that I heard people talk about their ‘season of life’. Although, maybe I was just oblivious to such conversations prior to when mommy brain took over.
When I opened up this space 4 years ago, I was a mother to a 3 year old and an infant. I vaguely remember that person. I was nursing a babe, had two kids in diapers, and prayed I didn’t smell of breast milk when my husband came home from work.
Out of nowhere, September 2012 arrived. Like a bang. Our oldest daughter entered first grade. Our life is now dictated by a school schedule; the bus stop, math homework, reading assignments, teacher conferences, soccer practice, church clubs, swimming lessons, lunch menus, packed lunches, school fundraisers, tissue toss…don’t ask, sign this paper, library books, blah, blah, blah.
I’m no longer a stay-at-home mom. I’m working part-time outside of the home, 3 days a week, while our 4 year old attends pre-K. I find myself longing for those once bewildering days of infancy and toddler-hood. If I could only squeeze those chubby little baby thighs just one more time. But that’s not my season anymore.
The past two months since school started has been eye-opening to me. Life is very rushed during the week now and I feel like it’s not going to slow down until June 2028 when our youngest graduates from high school.
Somehow, some way, I need to navigate through these new waters without feeling overwhelmed and with my family’s way of life intact.
I don’t want to wish this season away. Instead, I need to take a deep breath and enjoy it. Celebrate it…one math page at a time.
What season of life are you in now? Tell us about it in the comments.
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