The Awesome Mom Club
I have never wanted to be known as a Super mom or the Perfect mom or even the mom who can accomplish it all. I just wanted to do my very best work for my children to assist them in becoming an independent, self caring, great citizen human being. I think I can proudly say that I accomplished my goal and I have earned and am delighted to be called an AWESOME MOM.
Actually, I started out my independence moves by giving up doing childcare to earn my way to college, and then decided never to marry and probably never to produce children of my own. I was not going to be a teacher, especially not in the primary grades and I detested wiping noses and tying shoes over and over and over again. I backed down on my marriage resolve several times, but only after the intended groom began talking about children and how much fun it would be to parent together. I would figure a way out of the deal and devote myself to my career goals. Besides we all know that just about anyone can produce a child, and that the world is full of children that are not cared for or loved often becoming a burden to others and especially to society.
I am not opposed to being a teacher, educator or counselor and I have a Master’s degree in Counseling and Adult Education. It is the working with small children and wiping noses and tying shoes part that is troublesome to me. So I came out of school and framed my diplomas and job after job I did was working with children and teenagers. It was not the fun work of reading a story or playing games, unless of course I was waiting on the front porch in the rain and cold for a sheriff’s deputy to arrive and pick up a teen in a t shirt and blue jeans who had been locked out of the house, or playing card games with small children whose parents had been arrested for cooking drugs in the kitchen and foster care services would be around to pick up the victims in their pajamas. In my campus ministry job, I found I was teaching young folks how to disagree, do laundry, make a budget, get into career planning and not try to decide alone and essentially training people how to transition into becoming good citizen adults. Now, this was really fun work.
It took awhile but my minister and a friend introduced me to a nice fellow, who believed in zero population growth, adoption, and that parenting was a partnership. Other than I can’t keep up with him on a bicycle ride then or now, we decided to form a partnership and created a strong team effort.
Well, wonders never cease to amaze, I am the cliché, I found my vocation and it is to inspire people of all ages to be the best person they can be, to inspire parents to be the best parents they can be, and to inspire all people to be the best citizens that they can become. I find myself constantly sorting out feelings and reflecting them or deflecting them to good spots, I find myself identifying the lessons others are ready to learn, and then supporting people in manifesting and learning from those lessons actions which make everyone feel successful.
Finding the spark of God’s Grace in each and everyone – now that is an awesome journey; I am an AWESOME MOM a better title and aspiration for me.