Parenting is THE MOST HUMBLING experience ever. The moment you think you’re NAILING IT, you get knocked right back to Earth.
Like when you gather the gumption to face those four baskets of clean laundry, and get it folded in ONE sitting. It’s 10:30 p.m. and you are feelin’ GOOD (and gassed)!
But wait a second….
Or how about on Mother’s Day when the kiddies at church were asked what they appreciate about their moms, and my kindergartener piped up, “She taught me how to read!”
I tell you, I was THISCLOSE to tearing up before I noticed my three-year-old, stage right, chewing the foam cover off the microphone. When I tried to apprehend him, he bolted, and I had to chase him, administer a headlock, and boombox-carry him out of the sanctuary. Of course my toddler ran behind me, crying “Come wif! Come wif!” grabbing for my leg and pulling my skirt right off my hips.
Ain’t no time for pride, Momma.
Or how about in the car a couple days ago when Gray asked me who would be the last person on Earth. I told him that we are expecting Jesus to one day return and clear off the whole gigantic planet at once.
“Cool, Mom! I can’t WAIT to meet JESUS!”
Just as I prepared to pat myself on the back for training a child in the way he oughtta go, he added, “Wait, I hope he doesn’t come during my iPad time.”
If any job keeps you humble, it’s being a parent. We may do a lot of things right, but we’ve got to be ready, ALWAYS READY, for that next curveball!
Would you share your stories? I’d love to hear how your kiddos have bumped you from your throne and reminded you that this parenting gig ain’t easy, but it sure is humbling – and hilarious too!