Dear Busy Mum

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.

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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.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Dear Busy Mum

  1. Phill says:

    I just want to let you know from the bottom of my heart YOU are doing an amazing job. We all love you for what you do not only for our family but for the wider community. I’m sure I speak for a lot of people when I say YOU are doing an amazing job.

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  2. Suzanne says:

    Yes, yes and yes! We all take so much on now. I have learnt I cannot do it all! Took me many years and I wore myself out trying. Trendy terminology is “burn out”. Disclaimer – may mot be trendy still! Those of the female gender worked hard for and won the right to work and raise a family (dichotomously) for supposedly equal pay to our male counterparts. What have we done! Now is the time to take a tiny step back ladies! Enjoy the time being a mum! There is so much pressure from – contributing to the household income, keeping the house clean, sitting on boards, committees and working groups, being a tutor, keeping up with social media, looking fabulous, having amazing kids to maintaining a happy marriage! I thought I was lucky to have the opportunity to do all of this. Looking back, mmmmmm…. Sure we have come out of it with material things, but this came with much hard work and dare I say sacrifice? The sacrifice – quality time when families need it most. To enjoy and savour the small things in life and time. TIME. Time to do the special little things that are precious – to and for the people we love. I don’t think we have the perfect balance yet! Maybe the next generation will get it right!

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