I’ve been asked to participate in a ‘round the world in 80 clicks’ tour, where moms all over the world blog about the five things they love about being a mom. Some other mothers from around the world have also contributed, namely:
So here goes my contribution from Cape Town, South Africa
1. First and foremost, the thing I love most about being a mother is the opportunity to love completely and unconditionally. Before I had kids, people used to speak about this ‘unconditional love’ thing when referring to children. I always thought they meant how much your children love you – you know, unconditionally. They don’t see your flaws etc. But I was wrong. What I didn’t realize is that being a mother (or a father), allows you the honour and the privilege to love someone so utterly and completely, so unconditionally. The love I feel for my children is more powerful and heady than any drug I have ever taken. It is like ecstasy on steroids. To be able to experience that kind of love is a gift like no other.
2. Many people say this, but only because it rings so true: what I love about being a mother is experiencing the world through the eyes of my children. I love that everything is adventure, that the most (to us) mundane things can be fun and exciting. That things we take for granted, that we don’t even see anymore are suddenly enthralling again. What a trip!
3. My children make me laugh. They are really funny and we have the most amusing conversations. Instant entertainment on tap, what a pleasure!
4. My children make me proud. I am in awe at how much my children learn and accomplish each day. What a pity we lose that as adults, because wow! They are super clever (<-- they get that from me)
5. Being a mother makes me feel connected in a way that is so much more than I had before. I feel incredibly connected to my children, to their future and to the world that will house them. I feel connected to my husband, with whom I share this special parenting privilege. I feel connected to my mother – I now understand so much more about who she is and what she did for me. I feel connected to other women, both mothers and non mothers. Children bind you to your world in way that is both very scary/tiring and deeply comforting at the same time.
And now it is my turn to tag five other (South African) mothers:
You are welcome to participate as well, just link back to Sherry or Catherine above