This is one in a series of guest posts by other bloggers. Read to the end for a longer biographical note on today's guest blogger, Lucy H. Pearce of Dreaming Aloud. Lucy has perfectly summed up the experience of parenting — both delectable and distasteful — in one delicious metaphor.
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Guest post by Lucy H. Pearce of Dreaming Aloud
Life for me as a mother is like a layer cake: I just can't jam it all in my mouth in one go. I can't savour its wholeness, the harmony of its completeness, the careful balance of the textures and flavours. I get all of one, and then all of another. I love it, I hate it. I want it forever, I can't bear another second…
I taste the tartness of tantrums, tiredness and despair at my lot. Red and raw as raspberry jam, the pips get stuck in my gums.
The rich oozing chocolate love of adoration hits me another moment. They are edibly good, my little cherubs. I shower them with kisses and thank the heavens for all my blessings.
And then there's lots of boring sponge - laundry, washing up, nagging them to get dressed, and brush their teeth, and lie down and go to sleep and don't hit your sister say sorry andwhatdoyouwantinyoursandwichtoday?
And then there's the smarties on top that you want to pick off and pop in your mouth, all at the same time — baby curls and toddler kisses and flowers picked from the garden just for you .
And more flipping sponge. Who the hell likes sponge any way? Tidy the toys, sweep the floor, nag over homework, where's your shoes, Idon'tknowanddon'tcareifthereareanymatchingsocksrightnow — we're late — again!!!!!
And some bitter coffee gucky stuff — who makes these sodding cakes anyway? I don't like coffee icing, didn't order coffee icing, you can take these kids and give them to someone who cares because right now I am SO done with being a mother — oh sorry, coffee icing, yes, yuck!
Oh more sponge cake, my favourite!
And light fluffy vanilla icing - whipped like the white clouds that float lazily over the summer beach where we lie on our backs and listen to the timeless chatter of children's voices as they build castles in the sand, and solve the world's travel problems by aiming at Australia, straight through the centre of the earth. Those moments when time goes slow, and you have no timetable but your own, and you pinch yourself because these beautiful golden creatures are actually yours.
That. That is parenthood. In cake form.
Lucy Pearce's book Moods of Motherhood is part of the Mindful Parenting eBundle as one of four mindful mothering resources (including my own poetry book!).
I love how poetically and truthfully Lucy writes, with liberal dashes of laughter along the way! Moods of Motherhood traces the life of a mother: her tenderness, joy, anger, love, frustration, grief, and gratitude. Compiled from posts written for her popular blog, Dreaming Aloud, her best-loved columns from JUNO magazine and many new pieces, this is a book full of Lucy's trademark searing honesty and raw emotions. It will make you laugh and cry — wherever on your mothering journey you may be. Though the story is hers, it could be yours.
I'm so happy to be part of the Mindful Parenting eBundle along with Lucy. With 22 thoughtful parenting resources at the incredible price of $24.95, each e-book is only $1.13 apiece!
Buy your bundle today with these resources to inspire your mothering journey, because it will be available only until this Monday, June 10.
Special bonus: FREE e-book!Lucy's latest book, Reaching for the Moon, a girl's guide to her female cycles. Written especially for girls aged 9-14 as they anticipate and experience their body's gradual changes, this has been requested time and again by mothers, godmothers, and aunts who wanted a gentle, loving, soulful introduction to women’s cycles for the special girls in their lives.
From now until Sunday (midnight Pacific Time), you can download your
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If you're in the market for a book like Reaching for the Moon for your daughters, you'll be happy to know the Mindful Parenting eBundle also contains DeAnna L'am's audio gem, "Coming Of Age: How To Stop Worrying About 'The Talk,' and Start Talking With Your Girl!"
Lucy H. Pearce is a third-generation Creative Mother – who has to relearn on a daily basis how to find balance. She lives with her husband and three kids in a little pink house with white shutters on the coast in County Cork, Ireland. They sit on the white picket fence which divides the mainstream world from that of the hippies — they like the view! Lucy writes for JUNO magazine and is the author of Moon Time, Moods of Motherhood, and Reaching for the Moon. You can visit Lucy at DreamingAloud.net.