But some days, my kids feel like a burden. Some moments, mothering feels more like a chore. I feel irritated, inconvenienced, put out.
I don't want to admit it, really I don't...but some days the the overflow of my heart is not love and kindness and joyful training for my boys.
I like to rationalize these icky feelings. I mean, who wouldn't feel weary after six days of solo parenting while your husband is out of town? Who wouldn't be a little downtrodden from the demands of meeting the constant, unrelenting needs of three rambunctious boys? My feelings of wanting a little space, a little peace and quiet are valid, right? Plus, fill a tank that's depleted of patience with a healthy dose of PMS and who's gonna blame me for feeling like a I just want to play hookie from this mothering gig for half a day?
I just want an easy day. A day where my 4, 3, and 1 year old will all play perfectly, peacefully, without supervision so I can sit and just be. (If you have even one small child, you know that's not gonna happen, let alone with a trifecta of tiny testosteronies.)
These reasons may be understandable, even justifiable.
But the real reason for my icky feelings about motherhood today is because I am selfish.
As soon as I acknowledged this truth, the root of my struggle, I knew the way out.
The way to combat selfishness is to choose an act of selflessness.
So with a small huff and a sigh, that's what I did.
And today selfless meant mud.
Letting my boys be boys. Down and dirty.
I had to let go of my desire for control, convenience, ease. And as I laid down my desires for the sake of their delight, I found myself delighting, too.
Instead of feeling stuck in my weariness, condemned by my selfishness, I started to feel the warmth of the sun's shining rays.
I began to feel joy for the boyhood discoveries my little men were making.
I knew there would be clothes and shoes and toys, not to mentioned three filthy little boys, that would need scrubbing and demudding. But maybe there was beauty to be found even in dark dirt crusted on denim, ground into soles.
Yes, my soul was stirred with new life at the lavish boyish love for nature's gifts: an avocado, a tree, a root.
Maybe the mud was exactly what their precious souls needed today.
Maybe exactly what mine needed it, too.