"Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly."
Women know the way to rear up children (to be just)
They know a simple, merry, tender knack
Of tying sashes, fitting baby shoes,
And stringing pretty words that make no sense,
And kissing full sense into empty words.
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning
There never was a child so lovely but his mother wasn't glad to get him asleep.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Totally indulged, today I was, by my three little sweeties and the Strong, Silent One.
This mothering business is a huge undertaking for individuals so untutored, but the way I see it, there is no right or wrong way to go about it. You do your best under your own, unique circumstances. Comparisons are futile and before you know it, the baby-toddler-child has grown up and there is an an enormous space and silence in the house.
So, I resolve to make more mess and noise, and to work on creating happy memories, for us, our way.
For memories, in the end, may be all we have.
With thanks to my lovelies for the memories today, and every day.
...and in memory of my beloved Mum and the good times we had and the glorious messes we made.