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Topic: Exotic (08/08/13)
TITLE: I'm Like Superman
By Rachel Malcolm
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Sweet silence: it’s better than chocolate. In that span of my life before I had children, I never could have dreamed of the noise that six kids can make. And noise is one thing, but it’s the fighting that makes me feel like I’m unraveling at the edges.
My nine year old son is stomping in the living room, showing me that he feels that I’ve been unjust in taking away his computer time for hitting his sister. He doesn’t know it, but he’s one stomp away from losing his dessert too.
I’ve been writing a blog for a couple of years and the whole premise of it, is to encourage stay at home moms to enjoy the time while their children are with them. You know, make the most of it. It’s days like these, though, that make me wonder why I think I’m qualified to write this stuff.
Back in grade school, my nickname was Tiger Lady. I think that I got it because of my unorthodox soccer playing. Racing like a mad woman down the field, I was known to knock people over in my exuberance to get the ball. That may not sound very surprising, but I was always one of the smallest in the class and I played barefoot…better traction.
That’s how I’ve tackled everything in life: a little fire-ball, wreaking havoc. Some women have temperaments that make them well suited to full-time mothering. They’re demure, well organized, and consistent. I’m…not.
It was always the exotic calling me. I imagined myself slaying dragons, or being the cool head in a disaster and saving everyone’s lives. (I totally have a hero complex.) So how did I end up a full-time homeschooling mom of six kids? Isn’t that just the ultimate in mundane?
Some days it really feels that way, but maybe I’m like Superman. My life looks boring. I look boring. But I’m on a mission, changing the world as I work under the surface, behind the scenes. The stakes are high, eternal, in fact. It’s the vision that I bring to my calling that makes it a labour of passion instead of drudgery. I’m exotic on the inside. :)
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