Monday, September 22, 2008

Ponderings . . .

When did we as women forget that watching our children grow up is the best time of our lives? I know there are lots who have already figured it out but there are so many more that want no part of it and it makes me sad. People think you have to be crazy to have a lot of kids but while I consider myself a bit odd, I wouldn't call it certifiable. People say, how can you afford it. I'm not sure when possessions became the most important thing but for us the children are more valuable. They don't have an X-box or Nintendo or a cell phone or whatever else it is parents are spending their money on, but they are happy. They interact and communicate and work together. They help and teach each other, sometimes I'm not thrilled with this but that's irrelevant.

I long for the day that I can be home again so that I can enjoy them more than just on the weekends or after work. I long to be able to cook and bake and sew for them, so that they can have the simpler things in life. We will learn to can together and get our garden in order (next year). :sigh: Someday soon our time will come :)

I know so many people who can't stand to be around their children :( It's too late once they're grown, you'll never get that time back. We have created a cycle of regret that is perpetual, stop living for the future and live today. Enjoy your blessings and nurture them. Parenthood is the great job you've ever undertaken and it will be your greatest accomplishment.

Well I'm off my soap box now, back to the grind :(

6 comments:

Michelle said...

I can't imagine not wanting to be around my children. I can't wait to have kids.

Janelle said...

Michelle,
I'm so glad you found my blog. I am really impressed with your blog. I think you have a really good head on your shoulders and I look forward to following along on your journey.

Kathleen said...

Well said Janelle. I am home and still think that time is slipping away too quickly. The twins are already 2 1/2 and it seems they were just born. Congrats again on the growing family. Large families are truly a blessing.

Anonymous said...

somehow this nation has become one that gasps "KIDS??? EW!"

my poor kids - we could never go anywhere without complete strangers gasping at me "FOUR???!! OMG WHY FOUR!??"

i had to constantly remind the children that it wasn't ME that gasped in horror or exclaimed "the burden!"

whenever i reminded the 'gasper' that it wasn't appropriate to 'gasp' such things in front of the 'gaspees' i often met with hostility.

shyAsrai

Kelly said...

This is a great post. I am always amazed at people who hate to be around their own kids too. There is nothing I'd rather do than hang out with my kiddos!

Kelly

Janelle said...

shyAsrai: I've been there . . .oh wait . . . I'm still there, lol. Stay strong, they don't know what they're missing :)

Kathleen: Thanks. I remember when they were born, has it really been that long already, boy does time fly.

Kelly: Your kids are almost the exact same ages of mine, how neat. I love seeing fellow Catholic mama's who are living their faith :)