A friend from high school emailed me years ago to say how much she enjoyed reading my blog. As a prospective stay-at-home-mom, she was thankful to see that my “job” had opportunities to exercise the gray matter floating between my ears (those were not her words–she was MUCH more eloquent).
I do have to say that my main source of “exercise” in this area is due to the fact that we homeschool. I sometimes think I’ve learned more than my kids! I now have a passion for history that never existed before. I understand the WHY behind math concepts that used to be a mystery. I look forward to each school year for what I will glean from the lessons as I teach them to my children.
However, there is a second way in which I exercise my gray matter that often ends up being ignored. It comes in the form of the myriad of logistical issues that arise from the daily life of a large family.
Sometimes it involves coming up with a workable laundry system. Sometimes it is reconfiguring bedrooms to get ONE MORE BED in there. Other times it is simply a matter of getting all 5 little people to be quiet at the same time!
Motherhood isn’t for dummies!
You gotta stay on your toes. You have to be a thinkin’, movin’, workin’ machine or else the 4 foot and under crowd will leave you in the dust! Whoever thinks I spend my days wiping noses and changing diapers and never manage to have a creative thought or a time when I speak with an adult vocabulary is sadly mistaken. How in the world did motherhood get reduced to the lowest common denominator?
I am passionate about my role as wife and mother, and anyone passionate about what they do will do an excellent job at it. (Not that I think I’m “excellent”, but I am having fun!) So, contrary to popular opinion, it truly is possible to be a housewife and mother and still be required to use your brain on a regular basis. In fact, “regular basis” would be the understatement of the year!
The mind is a terrible thing to waste…Praise the Lord we have motherhood!