Friday, May 6, 2011

Motherhood Should Come with... (A Five Minute Post)

Lisa-Jo asked us about motherhood this week - just five minutes, like we always play, our words free of all those edits and corrections and insecurities.

Motherhood should come with patient eyes, the ones that wear worry in the corners because their grown up girl, this one blogging late in the watches of the night, is up too late and is working too hard and is too stubborn to listen to you. Motherhood should come with soft hands that smooth away the wrinkles of the day with spontaneous trips to Starbucks for chai and cuddling close even now as feet creak across floorboards and we cling like kangaroo cubs.

Motherhood should come with strong arms that catch the kid turned superhero leapfrogging off the couch into the middle of life. Motherhood should come with plenty of tissues for the final decision to say goodbye, the final moment of moving away, the final moment of doing the brave thing in the quiet. Motherhood should come with lots of good red wine.

Motherhood should come with a bucketful of grace all its own for the moments when daughter and mother look at each other too weary even to make words from their shared heart. Mother becomes mercy. Motherhood should come with an endless supply of tea and mugs. Motherhood should come with the looks of love saved up for the moments when we the children stamp our feet and cross our arms because what we want is to not need you but all we need is you. You and your strong soft arms and your big comforter heart that wraps us up tight. 

Love,
Hilary


15 comments:

  1. A fellow tea drinker! With Joy, Carey

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  2. Hilary, this is just beautiful! Motherhood captured so perfectly. I love the image of strong arms catching superhero kids leapfrogging off the couch into the middle of life - because that's exactly what it feels like! And I can never have enough tissues or red wine. And God knows how much the patience is needed here. Thank you for sharing your gift with words. Smiles -

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  3. oh..love a bucketful of grace...and Mother becomes mercy.....Awesome writing!

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  4. Your five minute posts are always poignant and beautiful. This one is no exception. Thank you for sharing it.

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  5. I love that you wrote your post from a daughter's prespective...beautiful.

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  6. Seriously, I need you to be my writing mentor! The way that you put words together... speechless!

    This is truly beautiful!

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  7. Grace and mercy speak volumes to me. Thank you for this perspective. It's always refreshing!

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  8. And more chai! Thanks for your post and Happy Mother's Day!

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  9. Thank you all - as a daughter who feels loved by many moms, it's a joy to share words with you about them!

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  10. You have perspective beyond your years, Hilary, and most eloquent words to convey it with.

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  11. I love "we cling like kangaroo cubs." What a beautifully true image!

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  12. This is absolutely gorgeous!

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  13. Motherhood should come with a night nurse who spots you on first months of newborn life when you think, wait, only monks and I are awake at this time of night, keeping vigil. Also with a book equivalent to Gilead, this time not about the mystery of fathers and sons but of mothers and daughters.

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  14. lovely! so true about the grace and mercy. motherhood definitely needs a lot of that =)

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  15. MOtherhood should come with the looks of love saved up...how true!
    If only I could bottle them!!
    LIB
    http://bit.ly/l2AMVl

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