Sunday, April 14, 2013

Education: Motherhood

I never finished my degree. I went to one small private Christian college in Philly my freshman year, and then switched to another across the state in Pittsburgh my sophomore year. Then I got married.

I wish I could say I was motivated to finish, that I had an ultimate career goal in mind. I didn't then, and I certainly don't now.

I was the kid in the back of the night class feet propped up, chips in hand, mind on a totally different planet. Had I applied myself I wonder if things would be different....anyhow, I did not apply myself, I did just enough to get by.

I don't remember a single thing from those two years when it comes to education. Of course I do remember what teachers I did or didn't like. I remember where the hot lacrosse player sat in my bible class. I remember what times were the best to get to the cafeteria to make sure there was still some fried ravioli left.

Last night as I was getting ready for bed, I started to think about what I have learned as a mother.

I've learned where all the creaky spots are in the house, so I make sure to avoid them at all costs between the hours of 9PM and 8AM. I've learned where to place my hairbrush, the step stool and bathroom scale so that my husband won't knock over/run into in the morning and wake the kids, or heaven forbid, me up.

I have also learned how long my son can be awake in his crib before I start the shower so that he will still be happy when I am done. If I start the water too early, or too late- it's a greasy mommy day.

I've learned where to place certain food items in the pantry, so my toddler doesn't come running into the living room with a box of fruit snacks at 7AM. I've learned that if there is chocolate in the house, it won't last 48 hours. Ever.

I've learned that the only way to maintain a semi clean house, the dishes, laundry, toys put away, all need to be done BEFORE bed. Always!

I've learned that a little make up can go a long, long way.  I spent so many mornings putting on the whole makeup routine that it exhausted me. So then I spent a good two years not wearing any makeup at all unless I was going to a wedding. Now I rarely cake on the colors, or foundation. A little powder, blush, eyeliner and mascara and I feel like a new woman, a new momma.

I've learned that it is important to have something for yourself. It can change every day, coffee, chocolate, time alone, shopping. Lately, mine has been shopping and clothes. Pretty soon my husband is going to revoke my shopping privileges. Thanks to pinterest and instagram, I have reinvented my fashion style, and I am loving it.

Being a mom is the hardest thing I have ever done. I still have many 'classes' to go before I can achieve that Motherhood Degree. But unlike my academic degree, I will have to get this one, whether I like it or not!

1 comment:

Cajun Cowgirl said...

I'd say we already have our degrees. From this point on it looks like a long journey toward a doctorate! Hope y'all have a great week!