Adrian Wood is a mother of four who wants mothers to “be the one” this summer, and always.
As the “Tales of an Educated Debutante” blogger so perfectly pens it, you can either be the mama succumbing to the pressures of motherhood, or you can “be the one” who lives motherhood to the fullest.
“Be the one. Be the one who goes under because you know wet hair is a small price to pay for rapturous giggles.
Be the one who looks for snakes under rocks and flings your bathing-suit-clad self on the Slip ‘N Slide and hopes for survival because you are making memories.
Be the one who knows some of the best afternoons are filled scraps of paper, dabs of glue, sprinkled glitter and a kind heart because those are the ones you will tuck away so as to remember.
Be the one who eats fried chicken splayed in the grass because there is time enough for proper manners and sitting in chairs.
Be the one who jumps on the trampoline until you pee in your pants because you remember that those you jump with are the whole reason you sacrificed your bladder.
Be the one who builds castles and goes to the zoo because you shall remember those small hands clutching lettuce for a precocious giraffe.
Be the one who ignores the laundry on a Sunday afternoon, closes the blinds, and helps build a pallet for movie watching because the feeling of those feet and hands encountering your person will be a weight you never regret.
Be the one who goes on the boat even though you long for a pedicure and a cozy nap because the sun on your face, the wind past your ears and the squeals of little people will remind you what it feels like to be alive.
Be the one who drinks in long hot days, shrieking little people, and melting popsicles because you value the chaos in the moment.
Be the one who remembers they won’t be children forever and someday is not so important because today is the best stuff.
This summer, be the one.”
Motherhood is tiresome. It’s troubling and it’s taxing, but mamas, it’s SO SO wonderful!
We have the tendency to carry around all of this pressure to have a clean house, well-dressed kids who eat GMO-free, gluten-free and dairy-free. But at the end of the day, it’s not the organic fruit snacks that anyone’s going to remember. It’s the time spent growing together, loving one another and sharing moments that will last a lifetime.
SHARE Adrian’s words with a mama you love today, and encourage each other to “be the one.”