If you have ever ridden on an airplane, you’ve heard the flight attendants discuss what to do in case of an emergency. They tell you to fix an oxygen mask to your own face before trying to get a mask onto a child. That speech flies against our instincts as mothers, as parents, as spouses. But how many times have I fed my kids breakfast, knocked back some coffee and forgotten to feed myself until I’m faint, nauseous, grouchy and worthless as a mother?
That’s me, my mama, and my daughter! I praise God that my 68 year-old mama has always taken good care of herself and my dad. Because I still need her, even though I don’t need her. I’m a mom now, too, but she’s still my mom. She was there for me when I had my own babies. She was there for me when I hurt my back. She was there for a midnight phone call when my husband and I had a huge fight … Just today I called my dad for some major advice. That man loves to eat, but my mama feeds him healthy! Here he is, teaching my boy to appreciate homemade ice-cream and cobbler!
It’s not just about working out! It’s about nutrition, vitamins, posture, faith, relationships… If you have someone depending on you then I hope that you are taking care of yourself. For as many days as you are given, you want to nurture a body that lets you enjoy each of those days to it’s fullest!
Here’s my hubby’s mama with our boy. She’s 68 now too! How blessed my children are to have such active, healthy grandparents. I want to be like that for their children, my grandchildren!