expectations are funny things. fickle things. falling-short things, really.
and boy howdy do we have much too many of them all at once.
i know i do. did. will have again. unfortunately.
yes, i was one of the many who thought marriage would be something i would be good at.
my perception of wife-hood was one of which i totally thought i would rock. like i rocked those wrangler jeans in the barn days of my youth.
being a wife was something i totally thought i had covered. and yes, this is where i pause to laugh because i honestly thought:
how could it not be?
how could i not have this covered? i paid attention. every compliment. every seeming act of virtuous wife. i studied it. i mimicked it. craved it. grasped for it. fell short of it. and kept on again.
that is, until i got married myself. and realized expectation doesn’t come in terms of “one,” it comes as a whole flock.
it’s not about having an expectation.
it’s about having expectationssssss. times infinity.
because sure there’s the expectation of the condition of the marital relationship. of how fights will go. or not go.
but there’s also the house.
a thousand little expectations all culminating and merging into one whole expectation of what marriage will be like.
you may not have any expectations for your spouse. at least not unrealistic ones. but what about the environment of living it all.
and in the midst of the reality of my fickle little friend, Expectations, i was affronted with the fact that being a mother would be another time of me falling so much shorter than i ever imagined.
motherhood and wifehood. and all the whimsical dreams of youth now brought to light.
how do we turn that stark brightness off? dim it down a little bit… a little less harsh… a little more dream-like.
Halmark-Card-me… there should be an app for that…
or at least an oil.
oh naive, simpleton, me.
children are the mirrors of ourselves. and our spouses. and you thought communicating with another adult was hard. or trying to understand your own self at times was exhausting enough… *laugh* *cough*
and then you try to lead a child version- understand the child, speak with the child. listen to the child. have patience with the child. and don’t lose your-self to your-selfishness along the way.
don’t take the frustrations of the child-learning into the husband-endearing, and don’t take the trials of the husband-loving into the child-growing.
going from tiny humans to grown human, and back again.
the meter running out all the while on that little introvert battery of yours…
for how do you really truly fill an introverted heart in an overflowing house. city all abuzz and never a moment to breath?
the rush of it all collides against and collapses into you, and all the while trying to catch, and rear, teach and love…
it could overwhelm a person entirely.
but all is grace.
all is gift.
i always wanted to be a mother. i just never wanted to be a city-mother. an errand-running-mother. a life lived everywhere but here, mother.
i am not the mother i wanted to be.
i wanted that life of sitting on palettes in front of fire place… reading books, snuggled close. pajama day? every day.
play outside on mountain knoll… climb the rocks… explore the untamed woods… do it all with the nose in a book.
you all can have the city… i’ll take the farm… the mountain ranges… the anywhere that herds of people are not.
oh, the fickled expectations… if only life always fit like the pair of jeans from childhood. the ragamuffin days. the lay on the hillside, watch the clouds play, days.
the scramble to the woods. the build a fort from fallen Aspen trees. the days of black and white, and everything fell just right.
but you see what i’ve done, don’t you? equating the circumstance to the occupation of motherhood. that the mothering comes easy when the life comes easy. and when the winds of life blow hard, the air gets knocked right out of me and i lay down not knowing what to do.
expectations locked up in circumstance.
and everything begins to crumbled right dust.
so i name the grace gift of motherhood.
of Him being All Good.
of chilled days.
and warm teas.
of log piles.
and Christmas trees.
of fort climbing.
and slide racing.
wild and crazy.
i name the grace and pray that finds the Joy He gave in this life of mine.
to let it go and let it be… and maybe find a peace for me.
to give up on this grating desire for everything to lay perfect. quiet.
to live the upside down motherhood life- of mothering in the life.
and not letting the living control the mother i am going to be.
to name the grace even when everything seems to not be… as it should be.