Thursday, September 8, 2011

Parenting is kinda like this, right?


I'm back. Actually I've been back from Northern Michigan since Monday evening (later than expected) but can't seem to catch up with the week so far. We are into week two of school but there are still some issues being ironed out, lots of meetings going on and team stuff and clubs starting up for the kids. In addition to all that I have this overwhelming need to stock up on groceries, plan meals and make sure everyone has enough socks, jeans etc. (i think all of the 9/11 anniversary talk is subconsciously kicking my nesting instinct into high gear). But today, all of that is done and I'm heading into the studio to continue work on a piece I started last week (which I promise to share tomorrow). When I saw the picture of myself swinging in the tree (up north this past weekend) it so hit home as a visual image of what I'm experiencing as a parent with kids ranging from 7-15. There is the overwhelming joy of swinging, the stomach turning feeling of spinning and the need to hold on tightly. But there is also the need to recognize that you are only 2 feet off the ground and it is ok to let go. The letting go is the tricky part. Sometime you fall off clumsily and stumble other times you just step off with very little drama. And actually, I'm learning, the stumbles end up being the moments you remember, the special times, the laugh out loud funny times, the extra hug times. It's all good here and I hope the same is true for you...see you here tomorrow : )

4 comments:

Carole said...

Right! Last week I was sitting on the swing in our back yard missing the rush of September.

the nest said...

swirling, definitely! swinging, absolutely! laughing, most definitely! all during the same "ride", yes. i keep trying to focus on a single thing/task but then something else whirls into my path. craziness. good, dizzying craziness! :)xo

artslice said...

What a great metaphor for Mommyhood! Glad to hear you're back in the studio... ready to see new paintings :)

gretchenmist . . . {belinda} said...

i know it's from a while back, but i have to say i loved this post :)