I’ve just returned from the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens (as a guest of longtime sponsor P&G) and as expected it was a learning experience. We can all learn from Special Olympics athletes and their families.
There is a little note tacked up on the front of my refrigerator. A couple of typed lines on a torn piece of paper. I will frequently do this when I find a quote that resonates with me, or one I hope will speak to my children. I figure that my teenagers are in the refrigerator enough times a day there might as well be something there that inspires thought other than what they want to stuff into their stomachs.
Currently on the refrigerator hangs this quote:
There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one’s life – reciprocity. ~Confucius
Over the course of the next several weeks I will be introducing you to Carol McMullen, she is the mom of Special Olympics athlete Christopher McMullen who is a member of Team USA and competing in the Athens World Games as a swimmer. Carol is such a superstar that I can’t wait to share hers and Christopher’s stories with you.
Nothing really prepares you for becoming a mother. Sure, people tell you what to expect, but until you actually have a kid or two, their words mean nothing. Needles in your spine? Dignity lost on the delivery table? You think after hearing everyone’s labor delivery nightmare stories that nothing else will shock you.
I have discovered over the years that mothering isn’t about the big issues: breast vs. bottle, to circumcise, or not, cry-it out or never sleep again… No, the things that matter most are the little things, the small lessons we pick up along the way. They are the legacy we pass on to our children. They are the things are children will remember us for, good or bad.