I was flattered to be asked to participate in “Around the World in Eighty Clicks,” founded by Katherine at Her Bad Mother and David at It’s Not a Lecture. The idea is for bloggers from eighty different countries to give five reasons why they love being mothers.
Like Katherine, I don’t love everything about motherhood nor do I feel like I’m so good at it. Especially in the midst of the pre-Passover upheaval. But I guess that makes this a good time to remember.
Five Things I Love about Being a Mother
- I love belonging to the worldwide community of mothers. I find myself connecting with other women in deep and meaningful ways, even after a short acquaintance. In this guest post I blogged about how breastfeeding connections eased my adjustment to a new country and culture.
[I can't let this post go by without mentioning the gruesome murder of an innocent child. Fear of terror attacks and the need for our sons to serve in the army give Israeli mothers an added dimension to bonding that I wish didn't exist.]
- I love observing my children as they move through predictable stages, in six different variations. Like that two-year-old stage when mothers must do things exactly the way they have always done them. For one what mattered was that I poured the milk exactly into the middle of the cereal. Another insisted on taking the same route each day.
- I love learning from them–to be more sensitive, flexible, patient, affectionate and light-hearted. Since I haven’t finished those lessons, I can look forward to loving motherhood even more.
- On good days, I love the feeling of accomplishment when dinner gets to the table on time, the kids make an interesting discovery, and I handle crises wisely. On bad days, I love when they are asleep, finally.
- I love watching them intera I love when they come over and hug me while I am sitting at the computer.