I haven’t done memes in a long time and I used to do it in a weekly basis. My friend Robin from Around the Island has tagged me with a new meme that’s been circulating around and will circulate until it reaches to every corner of the world. Presenting, Around the World in 80 clicks!
Whenever I take my daughter for the first time to restaurants I frequent with my husband during lunch or dinner dates, they would always say, “I didn’t know you have a kid already!” Uhm, hello? Look at these hips!
So yeah, one thing I love being a mom is that I have the excuse to be fat have wide hips. Not.
- I love being a mom because it allows me to be a better person.
Suddenly, the world stopped revolving around myself and I focus more on how to create a healthy, compassionate and bright individual. Having a child/being a mother is like being presented with a blank slate ready to be painted with all the rich colors and it’s all up to me – a huge responsibility yet a delight to undertake. Gone are the days of grab and go breakfasts, whatchamacallit lunches and shortcut dinners. I became a better person.
- I love my mommy routine.
The (almost) fixed bed times, the bed time stories that go with it, the hugs, kisses and snuggles. I like the early morning routines even on weekends because of her. Sure I was distressed during the first few months and looked like a zoombie from Michael Jackson’s Thriller video but looking on the positive side, it gives me the opportunity to see the serenity of the outside world, while everyone is still asleep, to welcome glorious sunshines. I could never have seen and appreciated early mornings when I was single and in bed until 10 am.
- It’s all about the WHY’s and lessons of love and forgiveness.
I love to answer all the why’s that are hurled at me in the frequency of 60 times per hour. I love interviews and she brilliantly provides the questions. I am fulfilled.
Then I discovered the meaning of unconditional love.
I can reprimand her with any bad behavior (very rare) or get unreasonably cross because of PMS early in the day but when that day is done, I get all the lovin’ 100%, no questions asked. Sometimes I wish adults can be like children, 100% forgiving and loving without expecting anything in return.
I still have a lot to learn.
- I love to see the world through her eyes, where everything is new, fresh and interesting.
“Why does it rain, mom?”
“Why do we say I love you to each other?”
“Mom, do angels really have wings? Are their wings made of feather or fur?”
Gee, I have never thought about that but yes, I gave her thoughtful answers. In another year or so, I can join Ms. Universe, give the smartest, quirkest of answers and win the crown. I am 150% sure of that.
- Lastly, motherhood taught and shown me the highest form of love. The love that surpasses any love I can give for any other person on the face of the Earth.
It’s amazing how suddenly when I found out that I am with child that my urge to take care, love and protect the unknown being inside me instantly kicked in even before the pink line in the pee stick became fully visible.
Being a mom is not all rosy moments filled with adorable coos and wet kisses everyday. My journey into motherhood, with anyone else is filled with ups and downs starting with a labor that couldn’t seem to end. Forty hours (4-0) later, I was holding this small baby in my arms and nothing else matters. Yes, that’s a lyric to a cheesy song but you get the point.
Don’t you just love this meme? Because I do and I could go on and on writing the things I love about being a mom. Being wordy is a behavior imprinted into my DNA after I gave birth. But no, I’ll keep the ball rolling and tag these 5 fabulous moms from different parts of the globe and see what they have to say:
- Melany of South Africa (I know you don’t do memes Mel but I’d love to see you write about this!)
- Mamati of Oman
- Genesis of Guatemala
- Michelle of Alaska, USA
- Monica in Germany