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!
4 thoughts on “Who Needs You to Wear a Mask?”
Aren't parents great? Thank God my mom had twins before me. She gets it and I now know it can be done! Don't know what I'd do without her!
God bless mama and all moms, as you said, you should give priority to your self first then comes the others, simply if you have luck of rest or sleeplessness or even hunger you can not take care nicely with the others unless you was enough healthy and with a good moral too.
REALLY a great topic today 😉
Wonderful wise words, Bethany! You are so right, and I know moms of very young children have an even more difficult time taking care of themselves first! Amen.
Such an important message! A therapist friend once told me that the trick was to keep asking yourself the question: will I still be able to do this a year from now? In other words, it might feel great to sacrifice your own breakfast that one time. But if you did it every day for a year, would you really be able to be get up in the morning and make their breakfast? If not, then it's not a sustainable model of caretaking.