We rarely recognize the good that is done by a sitting mother.
Christmas long ago lost some of its magic for me. It’s different when you’re the mom. I don’t look forward to it. In November I compose a mental list of all that needs to be done. Gifts. Baking. Shopping. Christmas Cards. Dinners to organize. Grocery shopping. Decorating. Tree hunting.
For me Christmas equals work, more stuff to buy than money, and a responsibility to make the holiday magical for those around me. And I know what you’re thinking—this is a depressing blog post. Don’t get me wrong. I love the looks on my kids’ faces when they open gifts. I love sharing my home with others and helping them to have a merry Christmas. I do derive some joy from it, but by the end, I’m tired.
There’s always so much to do and we often get praised for those accomplishments—the dinner cooked, the sweets baked, the house decorated—it’s all doing. What about being?
So this blog post is both a reminder and permission giving. I want to celebrate the mother who sits.
- The mother who sits down to dinner with her family.
- The mother who sits and reads her children stories.
- The mother who sits and sings to her children.
- The mother who sits at the bedside of a sick child.
- The mother who sits long enough for a child to fall asleep on her lap.
- The mother who sits and watches Christmas concerts.
- The mother who sits and nurses a baby.
- The mother who sits and prays for her family.
The mother who sits is an available mother and an approachable mother.
May your Christmas be filled with what’s truly important. May you disappoint some because you’re being instead of doing. May your children nestle into your side and know they’re loved.