Dear busy Mum, yes you the one that just rushed in through the school gate with a toddler in tow and a harried look on your face (like I did yesterday), I just wanted to let you know you are doing a great job.
I don’t know if this is normal, and it’s just taken my kids growing up that little bit more for me to suddenly have that much more obligations, or if the world has suddenly gotten more complicated, but oh lord- this is crazy.
This week, I’ve felt like I am barely keeping my head above water. My to-do list is endless, the meetings and obligations are filling my diary to the point where I have no room left in those little squares that I have to fit my day into, and I know I’m not the only one out there feeling this way.
I wonder if this is a symptom of a small rural town, who has lost just a few too many families, or if this is a wider world issue- I think many women feel the same as I do right now. I know I wrote not that long ago about feeling like sometimes I’m a Bad Mum, and I know that’s not really the case, but when I get told by older people “we had kids too, and we still did all this” I do stop and ask myself if I’m being too dramatic, and if I should just suck it up and get on with all the many, many things I have waiting on my desk.
So to the women in my life, that are running from one meeting to the next, fitting in errands, cleaning, food shopping and running late to pick up her kids, or the woman hanging up the phone after saying no to someone asking for a favor (and feeling awful about it) and trying to work out how she could possibly fit that one ‘easy’ job into her life- I totally and utterly get you- and you are doing a great job.
I guess the what I am trying to say is- to the busy women in my life (mothers or not), you are enough, you are doing as much as you can, you help, you care, you give your time and energy, and I for one thank you.