Monday, May 17, 2010

a mind-boggling process

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such is the nature of parenting - the most non-linear, emotionally involved job i've ever had, the one that so often leaves my head feeling like it has been through a blender, the one that has the most curious way of dishing out its magnificent rewards just when i'm ready to buy a one way ticket to the moon.

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26 comments:

Who you callin' housewife? said...

Non-linear. So So So true. Sometimes I just shake my head and laugh and two seconds later I'm paralyzed with fear for my daughter's safety. Then I cycle back to laughter and then . . .

Fruenswerk said...

I too have multo blenderbrain...U´r not alone girl...haha... Nothing lasts forever...hihi...believe me...

Coreopsis said...

SO true. I love how you described it. I'm in the middle of an absolutely lovely year, a reprieve, with my older son off to college doing exactly what he's been waiting all his life to do, and my younger son still home, absolutely blossoming as an only child. So I'm spared from much of the blender brain. It's all SO worth it.

Christy said...

Couldn't have said (or drawn) it better myself!

6512 and growing said...

Well put.
All we can do is hold on for the ride.

Tiffani said...

Isn't that ever the truth!!! Well put!

Alexandra Hedberg said...

oh - how can you love someone so much as you do with your own child ... and also get so angry with him?

I'm alone with the offspring for two weeks and after only 2 days I am so full of admiration for single mothers...

NANCY LEFKO said...

Amen to that !!

●• Thereza said...

i bet it's non linear alright... :D

●• Thereza said...

falling behind with my inbox but will reply to your sweet email as soon as i get a minute :)

peggyfussell said...

Boy Howdy, you said it Sister!

Bella Sinclair said...

I read you loud and clear!

lori vliegen said...

how true! and just when everything settles down in your blender-head, one day it will dawn on you that it's also been the most rewarding, mind-boggling process you'll ever go through (but the dirty little secret is that you have to wait until your kids are in their twenties before this realization occurs....) xox, :))

Domestic Scribbles said...

Mind-boggling indeed! Well doodled!

rachel awes said...

i love your
every word.
all resonates.
love the range
of moon & reward.
your honesty
is always art,
dear aimee. x

Francesca said...

so true. and the blender analogy is totally fitting:)

jane said...

haha! i can so relate... sending you a big hug hello!

RW said...

I just stated something similar Sunday morning. I am exhausted from parenting my two 15 year olds. They are so different - and they are the same in their desperate need to belong to the larger group. Highschool is a vortex that sucks you in and I spend the majority of my days trying to get them to poke their head out - lift up their eyes - dare to reach beyond... the world is so much bigger.

rrARTz said...

oh i hear ya... i have two 13 year old girls and yikes everyday is interesting...!!!!

Jane said...

I can't count the times over the years that I wanted to hop in my car, have the road trip out west of a lifetime and return when the kids are 18. But then one of them will do something nice and I have to tuck the maps away for another time :)

Christine said...

I sooo second that! Right on the spot as always, dear Aimee. Had several brain blender episodes today. Everyday! Will probably think of you and smile again tomorrow.
:) Sweetness all the way over to there where you are.
(ps - lovely linework'n colours – as usual :-)

Erin Butson said...

nonlinear... perfect description. it's a marathon alright...love this work!

Diana said...

You sound amazingly like my daughter-in-law, LOL! Her thoughts exactly.

Hmmm... I seem to remember feeling that way with my boys when I was raising them, too. But it was a wonderful blessing to watch them grow into wonderful young men. :D

BT said...

Hello Aimee, I'd love that as one of your 5 x 7 board prints but it isn't on Etsy? Are you going to put them on (the bringing up children one). It's my son's 40th on June 18th and I'd like a few bits from you for him!

Eden Clare O'Meara said...

Yep...it is mind boggling. But I love it all just the same!

messyfish said...

Oh yeah! It's eeeeek....