I want to be a Grandma."
Yes...that is all I want to be when I grow up...a Grandma.
With Mother's Day just past, I had a lot of time to reflect on what Motherhood really means to me. It means different things at different stages of life...once it was babies and bottles, then it was toddlers with a bag of Cheetos in tow, then it was first days of school with me on the brink of tears...but I had to be a "big girl" and not cry in front of them. But now, it is watching them grow, and praying to God that I am doing right by them. I help them with their homework, read books and go to have lunch with them at school. I attend all their functions, put them into sports and other events, and I even make sure they have a chore or 2 to do to instill a sense of responsibility.
My kids are my everything.
But, when faced with life AFTER they grow up? What then?
My 5 year old has been studying about careers in school. They are discussing what they want to be when they grow up. A few weeks ago, my daughter turns to me and casually says,
"Mommy, what do YOU want to be when you grow up?" Her eyes big, full of curiosity and TRULY wanting an answer.
Now, at this moment, I could have laughed and told her "I am grown up, silly" Or I could have blown her off as so many adults do when a child asks a silly question. (Which irks me to no end)
But, to me, this question was not silly. This question was a real question that required a real answer.
After a moment, I answered, "I want to be a Grandma when I grow up."
I didn't realize at that particular moment how much impact that statement would have. It was just the first thing that popped into my head, and it satisfied my 5 year old. But then, something happened.
I started noticing my Mom and my Step Mom with my kids, and how much adoration my children have for them. I know their faults and the bad things they have done in life, but to my kids, those 2 ladies are as pure as Angels. They are perfection. I can only hope that I will have grand children that adore me as much as my 5 kids adore my Moms. As much as I adored my own 2 Grandmothers.
I had an opportunity to capture this adoration on camera with my 5 year old and my Step Mom on Easter Day. Skye was coloring in her new book, and my Step Mom asked to see her page. Skye PROUDLY displayed her artwork to her Grandma, and told her all about what was going on in the picture. My Step Mom, looked and listened intently, as Skye rambled on about the 2 brown puppies and one is Brownie and one is Brutus...etc. I was watching more than listening, so I am not sure what all she said, but it was a moment shared with the 2 of them, that I was so happy to capture.
I did this layout using the My Minds Eye sketch for May and the Stella and Rose Collection. This was done with products that MME Graciously donated to Renee from Simply Renee at the Winter CHA show to fill Renee's NEW Clip It Up system!
I also did a little bit of photo organizing and found a few photos of my own Grandmother. Please go over to the Clip It Up Blog and visit me and check out my organizational tip.
Thank you for visiting me today! I do hope your Mother's Day was a Magnificent one!
Have a Fantabulous Day!