If you’re a parent or not, there’s a good chance you already know this but, MY GOODNESS PARENTHOOD IS TOUGH!! Every now and then we all need a little push to keep us going throughout the day, especially on the tough days, am I right? My escape during the week is running the trails at the lake near our house. Well, lately it’s been walking the trails but more on that later!
I’ve grown up on these trails. My love for it all started back in college and has continued to this day. It’s where I clear my head and where I do some of my best thinking. After having my Littles, It’s gotten A LOT harder because I’m usually pushing at least one, if not all three, in a stroller AND there is a good chance that one of them is screaming. I’m that mom. I will do absolutely anything in order to get 45 minutes of time doing this activity that I love. Lollipops, iPad, my left arm…you got it! Take it all!
I distinctly remember running one day along the trails this past year with my two youngest in tow. I was just getting back into running after a hectic year and pushing the Littles in the double stroller while doing that, was not an easy task. My body ached, it was hot (Texas Hot) and I was approaching the halfway point and on the brink of stopping. Just then, a woman running along the trail and, in the middle of a story with her jogging buddy, stopped mid-sentence and shouted out “You go Mama”! I looked over my shoulder and realized she was indeed talking to me. Did that really just happen or is this a strange figment of my imagination because it’s something I need to hear? I slowed down my jog, there’s no way I could let this woman down by stopping now. I graciously said thank you and we continued on our way, now with a breathless smile and an added pep in my step. Looking back, I couldn’t tell you what this woman looked like but, her small gesture left a lasting impression on me. If only all people could be that supportive of each other, especially us parents. And why shouldn’t we be? We are all on this crazy journey of raising Littles to be decent, kind, vibrant human beings and we have no manual. No guide telling us how to react to certain situations, no matter how great or small. If only things were that black and white. Some of us are lucky enough to have a support system of friends and family to be our cheerleaders along the way. The people who don’t criticize the way we are doing something because it’s different than the way they do it but, appreciate us for trying, for doing the best we can. My hope is that My Life After Littles will be that for you. I am your cheerleader. And to show you my support, I hope to share stories each month of people I have come across in my life, who are inspiring me to be a better parent, a better human being. These people could be leading an effort close to their hearts in support of their family, leading a company or maybe they just made it through the day without their kids spilling milk on the floor. Whatever the accomplishment, no matter how big or how small, all of us deserve some props now and then. For me, Parenthood is one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever had but, even still, it’s always nice to hear “You Go Mama”!