As an expectant mom, I remember scouring and assessing my child-to-bes gene pool, but like Forrest Gumps Mommas famous pearl, Life is Like a Box Of Chocolates and you never know what youre gonna get! You cannot control who your children will be or what they will be predisposed to (at least not yet, but give science just a bit longer). Any expectant parent has nightmares during those nine months. While numerous tests are conducted in utero to detect any defects, there are many things that go undetected or develop later in life.
I love and loathe the pearl of wisdom you are what you eat. We parents have got a lot to answer for what our kids are eating. I am beginning to look at what my children are eating and analyze their relationship with food.
On my morning walk, I noticed garbage, lots of garbage, and then I came across Imelda Marcoss pearl, People say Im extravagant because I want to be surrounded by beauty, but tell me, who wants to be surrounded by garbage?”
As the Hanukkah lights have dwindled down and now the Christmas lights fills the nightscape, the magic of the holidays fills our hearts and Im thinking of James Thurbers pearl There are two kinds of light – the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.
When we used to go to Great Adventure, Id be hesitant to go on the rollercoaster and my grandmother (dads momma) used to say the pearl whaaaaat? Whats the big deal, close your eyes real tight, scream your head off and before you know it, the ride is over. The Thrill of the Chase So that is exactly what I did and loved it. It added a new ‘Im scared out of my pants’ level of adventure. My fellow riders either joined in or laughed at me but I had a blast and found my courage in being scared.
Thinking about family legacies led me to this Indian pearl all the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.
My grandmother used to share the pearl that a woman needs to marry a man who loves her just a little bit more than she loves him because a woman goes through so many more physical changes in her lifetime. The changes women experience are phased around the reproductive life cycle menstrual cycle, pregnancy(ies), menopause, post-menopause. These changes wreck havoc on womens hormones, sexual organs and physical, emotional and psychological being. Gee, your man better love you!
My sixth grade teacher taught me a most invaluable lesson when she said, Cynthia, you need to grow thicker skin. I was a super sensitive kid and really needed to stop letting everything affect me so deeply. My knee jerk response was to sway to the other side of the pendulum, testing my forte at being a bitch and wearing impenetrable armor. My shield became so fortified by 8th grade that you couldnt even ask me for a piece of gum. It took me time to work out the proper balance, but I still get hit with zingers. We all do.
Time flies so fast. I have been out of school for 10+ years and still get back to school jitters. I have children who are now in school. I learn so much from watching my kids learn and grow. At each stage of their journey, you both gain and lose something. My son is definitely not a baby anymore; he suddenly transitioned into a little boy. While I miss my little mushy baby, I adore the little man now standing before me with his unique vernacular. With his backpack ready to take on the world, Im already wondering where the past 4 years went. As he heads off to school, I pray and wonder, how can I help? How can I guide him? Sometimes I feel so lost in how to direct him to his next steps.
When it comes to my kids health, I find the revolutionary pearl stated by Dr. Benjamin Spock to moms of you know more than you think you do reassuring, if not pressure-inducing. Your childs health is your responsibility. In this regard, moms need to morph into hawks. Its an unwritten rule that when you give birth, you take a short form of the Hippocratic Oath to care for your children.