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Adventures, Advice and Questions from a group of Mormon women who met in Queens, NY and have now scattered all over the place.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Did you see Oprah today?
Well, if you aren't an Oprah fan, you have to read about the episode anyway. My heart broke for this mother and her family. There were tears in my eyes for the poor little girl who lost her life. What a tragic story. I did feel grateful that this mother chose to share her story. It reminded me to slow down and take inventory of my life. To try to live in the moment with my children. That every moment with them is a gift. It was also comforting to hear the stories of other women who oftentimes feel overwhelmed with motherhood, trying to "have it all" - whatever that means. It reminded me of the importance of being whole for myself and my family, and that "me time" needs to be a priority, so that I can be present for myself, my husband, and children. I thought it was an interesting point that there is no such thing as multi-tasking. That as women we think that we are trying to get all these things done at the same time, when in reality that is impossible. I think the overall message of the episode was to just slow down.
I am in by no means a "perfect" mother and I have had my share of close calls. Living in an apartment building with an infant and two-year-old has its challenges. Just the other day a girlfriend and I were discussing the how-tos of getting your kids, groceries, laundry, diaper bag, and library books (or what have you) from the car into the apartment. It seems like a recipe for disaster, but somehow we get it done and have done so safely thus far. But I can't take for granted the safety of my children. I don't think any mother does necessarily, but it is easy to forget how quickly life can change and turn a normal day into tragedy. This woman's story is a reminder of that.
One reason I love this blog is that it is an opportunity for women to support each other in our journey through motherhood. No matter your circumstance there always seems to be someone out there who relates to your story. Did anyone else see this episode or read the article? Any thoughts? Did it make you reevaluate your priorities or how you spend your day? I know it made me hug my kids a little tighter today.