Being a mother has given a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘child is the father of a man’ to me.
I had always been a shy girl with a lot of fears and inhibitions. In the due course of being my son’s mother I learnt to leave those fears behind. I have lost the fear of consequence, fear of being judged, fear of rejection, fear of being imperfect, fear of making mistakes, fear of the unknown, fear of the future and so many others. I can not state for sure what bought this change in me. Did I just ape this quality from my baby?
To be forgiving
To be happy
Another thing that I learnt is to be happy, and to be so at all times. Keeping my son entertained felt like a task initially. But he has now given me another perspective to it. Did I sing and dance all day ever before? Did a wee bit of my attention make someone so happy ever before? Did my ugly poker face make someone burst into laughter ever before?
To express freely
I admire the way he expresses his desires so freely. A quality so rarely found in adults.
But my son teaches me patience.
He is patient with me while I make parenting mistakes.
He is patient with me when I don’t understand his cues.
He is patient with me when I take him shopping sometimes when its time for him to sleep.
To love unconditionally
And I also know there is so much more I will learn from him on our wonderful voyage of life together.