Mamas: It’s Your Turn In The Middle
“Is that you in the middle?” My friend Megan asked the question when I shared this image on Facebook. Yes, I admitted. That’s me. In 1982.
August brought us a brand-new granddaughter. August brought us a visit from my girl and her own three littles. August brought my wonderful co-grandma Judi a precious new grand
daughterson of her own. It’s been a mothering-intense month around here. In the best possible way.
August made me grateful that I no longer command the middle. But I have words for my successors:
Dear Elaine, Rachael, Rebecca, Crissy, Melissa, Maggie, Rachael S., Chrystal, Nici, Amanda, Amanda, Jennifer (and every other young mom I know):
By now you’ve seen how motherhood makes you a star, thrusts you on to center stage. You even collect fans.
But those gossipmongers? You collect them too. It seems that for some folks, mothering is performance, and no mama’s movement is too small to warrant critique. So what do you do?
Love your babies. Be grateful to your fans. Ignore the critics.
It’s your turn on center stage, all you beautiful mamas.
Shine like the luminous stars you are.
Lala–one of your biggest fans
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
Proverb 31:25-29 (ESV)