Rowing as fast as I can

In a rare fun mommy mood the other day I took Gabriel and Mary to the “Cinderella Park.” It’s a magical little park with a pumpkin carriage, playhouse castle and all the slides and swings a little one could desire. I took my camera along because it’s a great place for photos.

Mary and Gabe tumbled out of the car and I chased after them. With typical grace my foot hit the curb and my camera spilled out of it’s bag as I crashed to the ground. I was unhurt(thanks for asking!) but the camera was literally in pieces. My $500 lens is completely destroyed.

As accidents go, that was pretty minor but still it reduced me to tears. The entire month of September our mantra was “only spend money on necessities” and because that wasn’t quite enough we are continuing that mantra into October. But in one little stumble I wasted more money than I saved in an entire month! Life is just that way sometimes.

My sister told me a story about a man out rowing his boat in the ocean. He lost track of time and realized the tide was going out. He turned toward shore and rowed with all his might. But despite his efforts he came no closer to shore and in fact, traveled backwards. But, in the middle of the night the tide changed and he rowed easily into shore. I think that’s my job right now: to row as hard as I can all night until the tide turns. It’s every mother’s job. We work as hard as we can just to keep from going too far backwards. The key is trusting that the tide will come in.

My niece Zoe is struggling to do her chores when asked. Ruth explained to her that learning to work is an important life skill. “But mom, I don’t need to learn to work. I’m going to be a mom like you when I grow up.”

I laughed out loud on hearing this since Ruth is one of the most hard-working people I know. “Yes,” she said, “I know it’s funny, but I’m still too hurt to laugh about it.”

So lots of hugs to mommies today. The tide will turn; we just have to keep rowing.

October 7, 2007

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3 Comments

  1. StubbyDog

    October 6, 2007

    Oh I’m sorry about your camera lens! 🙁 And here I was selfishly looking forward to pictures from the park, too. :o)

  2. Anna Romney

    November 24, 2013

    This may be a little odd to see a comment on a post from so far back, but I have to let you know that I love this. I think it’s a very important message to understand, for mothers AND college students 😉
    While I’m commenting, thank you for your blog. It is so uplifting, which is such a change from so many other things on the internet. I’m loving seeing your earlier posts and reading about the antics of your children, especially those that i’ve been able to get to know.
    I love how you write so transparently. You have such beautiful thoughts and you share them so poignantly.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for making the world a better place through your contribution of your thoughts and words!

  3. Anna Romney

    November 24, 2013

    This may be a little odd to see a comment on a post from so far back, but I have to let you know that I love this. I think it’s a very important message to understand, for mothers AND college students 😉
    While I’m commenting, thank you for your blog. It is so uplifting, which is such a change from so many other things on the internet. I’m loving seeing your earlier posts and reading about the antics of your children, especially those that i’ve been able to get to know.
    I love how you write so transparently. You have such beautiful thoughts and you share them so poignantly.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for making the world a better place through your contribution of your thoughts and words!

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