Recently, I went on a school field trip with my second grade son’s class. We had so much fun visiting a dinosaur dig,
and feeding the fish at a trout farm.
There was no school bus to ride. Instead, the teacher assigned two parents per vehicle to drive a load of kids.
My son and his two friends bopped around in the back seat — singing goofy songs and giggling the whole way. It was so much fun!
I didn’t bring much along with me — just my purse and my cell phone. I was basically just along for the ride and to make sure my son and the other kiddos didn’t get lost or into trouble.
But there was this one mom who was definitely not just along for the ride.
She literally brought everything I didn’t even know we needed — cups to put the fish food in, wipes to wash our hands before we ate, and even snacks and water for everyone on the ride home.
She rocked it!
I told the lady I was riding with, “She is the mom I feel like I should be. The one who is organized and thinks of everything. The mom I had growing up.”
The thing is, I’m usually just not like that. Sure I have my shining moments, but more often than not I seem to be perpetually spacey and unorganized. I lose forms and forget lunch money. I run late to pick up my kids and send store bought cookies.
It’s just who I am. Most of the time I’m okay with that. But in the face of such motherly awesomeness, sometimes I start to worry that maybe I need to step up my game — be a better mom.
A few nights after the field trip, at bedtime, my youngest son chose a book that I didn’t even remember we had.
As I read it to him, I laughed out loud. Sometimes God chooses the funniest ways to get His message across to us, and this time it felt like He was using a long-lost children’s book.
Why Am I Here? by Matthew Kelly is all about being the best version of yourself. It points out that birds are not good at being fish and elephants are not good at being birds or something like that. (I’d look it up to make sure I was telling you right, but we lost the book again. This is our life.)
Anyway, the entire point of the story is that we don’t need to try to be something we aren’t. All we need to do is be the best version of ourselves.
I’m not awesome-field-trip mom. But I am creative, spacey mom who tells them a new story every night and loves to be goofy with them.
And maybe that’s okay.
I don’t need to fill every role in my child’s life. I only need to fill mine to the best of my ability.
We are all good at different things.
And when I’m being totally honest, that’s okay with me. It felt kind of nice to be taken care of by that other mom, and I think she liked taking care of us.
When we embrace our own gifts and share them with others, everybody wins!
Lots of Love to you!
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