For Five Minute Friday you write for five minutes unedited on one word–today’s Five Minute Friday word is Lonely.
Lonely (Random Friday 1)
I knew way back in junior high that I wanted to be a wife and mother. Oh, I planned to go to college, which I did, but deep down my real dream was to get married and have children.
When my dreams were fulfilled and I was both a wife and a mother I was very surprised to find out how lonely, I felt. One of the loneliest times in my life was when my children were infants and toddlers. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my children desperately, I was thrilled to be a mother, and I wouldn’t have traded my children or my life as a wife and mother for anything in the world. What I am saying is that motherhood can be a very lonely endeavor when you have no one to talk to all day long.
I live in the country surrounded by fields of corn. I had no other young mothers as neighbors, just the goats across the street. Most of my girlfriends worked full time. As, I’m sure your all aware, men say a lot fewer words in a day than women, therefore, when my husband came home at the end of the day he was pretty much talked out.
I’m here to tell you theirs a difference between being alone with young children and just being alone. When it’s just you…you can read a book, watch a movie, work on a craft project, prepare fancy foods…do a great number of things. However, with young children you can’t talk on the phone, read a book, cook a meal, etc, without constant interruptions. Your time is not your own.
To sum this up. Motherhood is a glorious privilege from God, one I wouldn’t trade for all the tea in China, but I remember it can be a very lonely time for young mothers. Therefore, take notice when you see a young woman out with her little ones, give her a smile and a hello, compliment her on the good work she is doing. It only takes a moment to brighten someones day.
(Random Friday 2- Our son (14) put the candles on his dad’s cake)
(Random Friday 3, 4 – Neat finds at library)
Catching Raindrops by Crystal Hoblit
Our Farm Four Seasons with Kids on One Family’s Farm by Michael J. Rosen