134 Of 365 (366) For 2012

[ All credit to B`Creative Photography, whose lovely picture may be found here. ]

 

“Even if I’m setting myself up for failure,

I think it’s worth trying to be a mother who delights in who her children are,

in their knock-knock jokes and earnest questions.

 

A mother who spends less time obsessing about what will happen,

or what has happened,

and more time reveling in what is.

 

A mother who doesn’t fret over failings and slights,

who realizes her worries and anxieties are just thoughts,

the continuous chattering and judgement of a too busy mind.

 

A mother who doesn’t worry so much about being bad or good

but just recognizes that she’s both, and neither.

 

A mother who does her best,

and for whom that is good enough,

even if,

in the end,

her best turns out to be,

simply,

not bad. ”

 

Ayelet Waldman Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace ]