From the time children can talk until about 9 years old, it seems as if they don’t know anything. I am judging this by the amount of questions they ask:
“Mom, why are there light bulbs in the lamp?”
“Mom, why are carrots orange?”
And on it goes incessantly until about age 9 or so. Then suddenly, a switch goes off in their brains and they become nonstop dispensers of knowledge and facts:
“Mom, did you know that light bulbs were invented in…”
“Mom, did you know carrots are orange because…”
I am guessing it must all balance out in my brain in the end. All the knowledge they sucked out of my brain for 9 years, they then spend the next 9 relentlessly replacing, (whether I am interested or not!)
The tricky part is having so many different age groups at once, my poor brain seems to short circuit after a few hours and not be able to either give out information or take any in. This is when they know they have me, at least I am pretty sure that is what happens, because there are quite a few times that a kid will tell me that I said they could do something that I am sure if I had actually heard, I would have said no!
Since my oldest child is still only 17, I am not sure what the next stage looks like, (if it’s bad, don’t tell me!) One thing I have learned though, in the journey of motherhood is that the joys are mixed right in with the sorrows and you have to grab the gratefulness quickly. I don’t think there is ever an arrival point or even a destination to parenting. Much like life itself, motherhood is a journey to be enjoyed along the way, even if you are information depleted or information overwhelmed!
So whatever stage you find yourself in this Mother’s Day, I hope you can find the joy. Enjoy the sleepless nights, sticky faces, scribbled cards, homemade breakfasts, quick teenage hugs, phone calls or grand-babies.
“Her children arise and call her blessed.” Proverbs 31:28