Jan 31, 2012

The Icing on the Cupcake

The other day I was thinking about how, before I was a mother, it would irk me when I'd hear other people complain about parenting. Not yet having children, I had this idea in my mind that parenthood would be a world filled with giggles and cupcake decorating. 

Little did I know that parenting could also be a job fraught with worry, especially when children are sick. And little did I know that parenting could also be a confusing job (to time-out or not to time-out? What does the research say this year?) no matter what the age of the children. 

So, now that I am a parent, I know it's not all heart shaped candies and sunshine. 

But, I have found that when I open myself up to look for it, there are incredible moments when being a parent can be the most wonderful, rewarding and amazing thing I've ever done in my life. It's about being present in those little moments. In fact, spending time with my children doing something as simple as helping them frost some cupcakes can be the most amazing experience in life.

And then, of course,  helping them eat those cupcakes afterwards is just the frosting on the cake.
I mean, after all, what kind of mother would I be if I didn't help them eat their cupcakes? 
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Rebecca said...

Yummy! Cupcakes are good.

Susan Anderson said...

Eating cupcakes. Definitely the ultimate sacrifice!


PS. It's all true, though. Love takes time.

Caroline said...

Yes, Sue! EXACTLY! Love is sometimes just an offering of our time.


Caroline said...

and an offering of our cupcake eating abilities, I'd also like to think! ;)

karen said...

Of course you must help them eat the cupcakes!! What kind of mother would you be if you didn't help them eat the cupcakes?!? Someone has to set the example.

Maggie May said...

First off, I totally agree: you have to eat lots of cupcakes to be a good mother!!!

Oh wait. Is that not what you were saying?