Wednesday, June 13, 2012
When Jordan is gone I try to get a lot done for two reasons. First, I need a good project to keep me from crawling back into bed. Second, Jordan and I together are possibly the slowest decision-makers on the planet. I took us three weeks to decide where to plant our blackberries. It took us a year and a half to find a suitable house to buy. And we have been debating the pros and cons of raising chickens for about 4 years. I anticipate a definitive decision by next summer. We are both careful and deliberate, but sometimes my creative soul likes to put a nail in the wall without measuring, or buy a plant just because it's beautiful. So I tap into my creativity and work on projects when Jordan is out of town. I am sure this worries him a little.
I felt very attached to finishing that project. I needed some evidence that I could accomplish things and be a mom. I think everyone wants to feel accomplished. But today as I looked over the multitude of completed projects before me, and gazed at my community pool blue picnic table, I had a small regret enter my heart. I wish I would have been more accepting of the season of motherhood. I wish I would have done less, and set more projects aside. I wish I would have hurried into pick up Jonah as soon as I heard his little coo. I wish I would have spent more time holding my sweet boy, even if my picnic table would have remained unfinished.
I know it is an unrealistic wish. We each have a need to be doing things that are fulfilling to us as individuals outside of our roles as parents. Projects for me brought some measure of fulfillment, and I was a good mom. I gave my heart and soul to Jonah, and put his needs first. But childhood is fleeting, and life is fleeting. Despite acknowledging my best efforts I still feel moments of lingering regret. Tonight I find myself longing for another minute to stare into Jonah's sweet blue eyes, instead of admiring another project completed.
If you are still in the process of raising children, be aware that the tiny fingerprints that show up on almost every newly cleaned surface, the toys scattered about the house, the piles and piles of laundry to be tackled will disappear all too soon and that you will—to your surprise—miss them profoundly. Thomas S. Monson
Posted by Julie Hall at 11:30 PM