Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Visions of Motherhood and Flights of Fancy
I have a ton of visions dancing in my head. One has been that even if I travel for work, my children will go with me. Watching yesterday's airport event made me wonder if I am dillusional but I cannot imagine my children behaving like that in public. In my vision my children are sitting in an area away from people with a portable dvd player, reading, activity or coloring books. I know kids get tired and
cranky but (like you Grace) I will not tolerate my children acting out in public especially at the expense of other people.
People have been telling me, "oh wait until your kids get here." I know there will be days but I'm like the old lady in the shoe to my friends and they know when their children are left with me that I give the all the love and attention they can stand. But any child that hangs out with me also learns that I am a no-nonsense disciplinarian. They still love to hang out at my house. I told one of my friends the airport story. Her response made me feel pretty good.
My friend said that she knows that my children will have actitivities and that I will make it a learning experience for them. She said that she can imagine my children getting restless and me turning it into an activity of count the people, the red shoes, or something like that. She said she imagines my children will call her after a trip and tell her about all the things that they learned by being in the airport. At least one of my friends feels that she knows me well enough to believe that my children will be well behaved. At least in public.