I will admit that I am a sensitive person with some self-esteem issues. I tend to compare myself to others rather than being proud of who and where I am. One of those areas that I compare myself is in being a mother. I look around at the moms I know and they are cooking dinners almost every night, doing crafts with their kids, and filling out scrapbooks.
I am not that mom…
Yes, I am a single mother and therefore my life is slightly different; and yes, I have to work and therefore my life is slightly different. There are many days that I wish I was that type of mom. But I have to say that the more I think about it, the more I think that even if I was able to be a stay at home mom, cook more, spend time with the family more, that I might not be the stereotypical kind of mom anyway.
You see, all my life, I have been very independent. I think for myself, I make decisions on my own, I am technologically inclined, I am a creative type (which is a different breed in and of itself); I am just generally not the typical girl. I didn’t do cheer-leading or dance, piano or sports. I was the girl heavily involved in church; I was in choir and drama.
A friend of mine and I were talking last night about this very subject…being a stereotypical type of mom. I decided that even if given the opportunity (God willing one day I will be) to be a stay at home mom, I will still work (from home doing web design) and I will still be involved in church, singing and drama. I am not the type of woman who can just sit still all day every day.
So, for all you moms out there who struggle with not being the stereotypical mom that maybe your mother, your sister, your aunt, the lady on television is…REJOICE! God created you to be different, so ENJOY it! Relish the chance to be who you are and who God made you to be! He made you different for a reason. If we were all June Cleaver, this world would be a boring place. Love yourself for who you are!
And if you are a stereotypical mom, please know that we love you just the same and are grateful that there are some of you out there. You balance us out and we love you!