Thursday, June 10, 2010

Writer's Workshop: Before I Was A Mom


Before I was a mom I ate hot meals. I took daily showers. I bought clothes without concern about washability. I bought shoes that were cute, not comfortable.

Before I was a mom I never discussed someone else's bowel habits as a matter of routine. I never had to drop what I was doing to wipe someone else's bottom.

Before I was a mom I read grownup books without pictures or rhymes. I watched whatever I wanted on TV. I slept past 7 a.m.

Before I was a mom I didn't know the meaning of the words busy, sleep-deprived, frustrated or gross.

Before I was a mom I never knew how unimportant hot meals could be. I'd never met anyone for whom I'd give up daily showers. I never knew there could be such good reasons to pass on non-washable clothes and shoes that weren't made for sprinting. 

Before I was a mom I never knew how all-consuming loving and caring for another human being could be, right down to making bowel habits worth discussing.

Before I was a mom I didn't know how many great children's books there were. I didn't realize how much time I wasted on TV. I never had so many beautiful reasons to get up early in the morning.

Before I was a mom I didn't know the meaning of the words joy, wonder, amazement or peace.

Before I was a mom I was happy.

But not nearly as happy as I am now.

Play along with Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop.

Mama's Losin' It

© Trippin' Mama 2010

5 comments:

litlsuzzy said...

I never looked at it that way. It's very easy to get caught up on what is missing rather than what has replaced it.

Angela said...

Well said! Love it!

Jenn said...

you've captured the essence of motherhood. very nice!

Stef said...

Isn't it the truth. We think we know what happiness until we experience the real deal.

Cheryl said...

Yes to all those things. It's funny how we're so much happier as moms, because when you actually look at it? Motherhood is a lot of "eew" with just enough "aaw" to keep us going!