We all change over course of our years here on this planet, right? I mean, are you the same person now that you were when you were ten? If you are, we need to talk! Call me ASAP! How many times during your marriage have you thought: "This is not the person I married!" Personally - a lot, and in all fairness I KNOW Doc thinks the same! Some of the things I let the grandkids do and smile at, I would never have let my own kids do. I smile every time they ride their tricycles through the house!
Which brings me to the Evolution of "Mommy". I never realized that I MAY be a little OCD, until I watched my first child growing up. As a little one, you know, toddler age, everything had to be in a specific place with a specific order. Any variance of the order was simply unacceptable. It continued as she went through childhood and into her teen years. You know how parents complain about their teenagers being slobs? Not my girl! Her room was impeccable! Thankfully, we had the ability to provide her with her own bedroom and bathroom as a teen. Otherwise, I am not sure if she would have been able to mentally and emotionally handle life. Her sisters were not quite as particular!
GameBoys were a big thing when my kids were younger. It is the only video gaming I allowed and only on an extremely limited basis. The kids were smart enough to share games and get more options. Except . . . if you wanted to borrow one of "Mommy's" games you had to sign and notorize an agreement and undergo equipment inspection. She also had her own library complete with a card file. You underwent a credit check to sign out a book because she needed to make sure you could replace it if necessary. Of course, this led to hours of fun and torture for the boys!
Then, "Mommy" went to college. I am really confused about what type of education happens there, but she underwent a horrible transformation! Suddenly when she was home for holidays or the summers, this unrecognizable young "adult" (so to speak) wandered about my home leaving messes everywhere. These messes didn't hold a candle to what I would find in her room! Sandblasting in the bathroom after a long summer was an actual thought! My little girl was gone! (I have a theory about that too - but that's another story!)
Moving on through life, "Mommy" graduated from college and married and moved away. She became a first grade teacher! And it brought a glimmer of my little girl back to me! Her classroom was and is impeccable. The library system is back (minus the credit checks).
She is now the mother of two daughters who are ABSOLUTE OPPOSITES of each other. I guess they reflect both sides of their mother. They started out sharing a room (which I might add, I tried to discourage! I knew it wouldn't work!) This spring the girls split up into their own rooms and each room reflects each girl. My "Glowbug" is neat and orderly like her mother used to be. The "Tornado", well her title should tell you everything you need to know!
And what about "Mommy"? She now lives somewhere in between her two worlds. I am so proud of both sides of her. She is an amazing teacher who drills orderliness and structure into her students. As a mother, well, I cannot say enough about her love for her girls. In case you are wondering, she never went back to her OCD ways. I suppose some people would consider that a psychological success. I am just happy to think that she has discovered that spending time with her girls and her husband is much more important than a clean bathroom or kitchen! (Well maybe she could lean a little toward OCD!) Have a blessed week and make sure you take time to hug the kids and everyone you love. God blessed you with them, be sure to love them and thank Him!
Wife, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Mother, Nurse, Grandmother, Friend...that's me in a nutshell!