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My Journey through Motherhood

Twenty-nine years ago I gave birth to a delicate little pixie that had rosebud lips and big blue eyes. She had thick dark hair and was a perfect little porcelain doll.  I was 19 years old ID-10025970and fell in love the moment I laid eyes on her.  Three years later I had my second child, a son.  He was a big boy , weighing 9 pounds 3 ounces, with a dark mohawk and a teardrop indentation above his top lip. Raising children into responsible citizens of society has been the most challenging and rewarding career I’ve ever had.  My children taught me the meaning of unconditional love.  They showed me how to laugh and play and enjoy the simple things in life.  They helped me to understand myself better as I looked at life through the eyes of a child.  They were the one constant thing in my life.  People came and went,  I changed jobs and we moved a lot, but through it all I had the delightful company  of 2 little people who always entertained me.

I loved taking them camping and travelling to new places.  Dinner was always a special time to talk about our day while we had nutritious homemade meals.  We went to the drive-in theatre and for hikes down to the gorge.  We played tourist in the off season and went to the beach all throughout the summer.  We travelled through the United States twice with my mother and stepfather.  We went to Graceland in Tennessee and Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.  We visited the Book Depository in  Dallas Texas and stood on the grassy knoll where bystanders watched the assassination of President John Kennedy as he drove by in his motorcade.   We shared many adventures and I’m sure these experiences were far more valuable than anything they could ever read about in a book or on the internet.  They kept journals for their teachers and every day they recounted where they had been and what they had seen.  Their teachers said this form of education was invaluable.

Time passed by so quickly  and before I knew it , they were all grown up.  My daughter got married and had children of her own.  My son moved to Calgary for better employment and is making his own way in this world.  My daughter followed me into healthcare and my son is a Corporal in the Reserves of the Army. My only wish for my children is that they are happy with whatever they do in life.  I’ve tried to give them a better life than I had and the tools to survive in this world.  I’ve tried to teach them how to live an honourable life, through example.

This was the first time in almost 30 years that I won’t be with my children for Mother’s Day.  My daughter and her husband have taken my grandbabies to Cuba for a vacation.  And my son is too far away too drop in for a visit now.  It’s given me a lot of time to think about my life and I can honestly say that being a mother has been the most fulfilling role of my life. I feel like I have completed a very important chapter in my life and I look forward to whatever the future brings.  But nothing will ever be as intense or as gratifying as having the privilege of bringing these precious angels into the world and molding them into good people.  I feel so lucky to have watched them grow and change into independent human beings.

I hope that the memories and love of their children made this past Mother’s Day a happy one for many mothers.   I hope  that those have lost their mother through death are comforted by joyful memories.  I hope that women who are separated from their children will find solace in knowing that a child’s love is unconditional and that there’s always hope for a better future.  I want all mothers to know that as long as we do our best our children have a better chance at a good life.  Life isn’t always easy and there are no guarantees, but taking pride in motherhood makes for a better society as a whole.mother walking with child

Images courtesy manostphoto/Freedigitalphotos.net and Gagilas photos on Foter 

 

News Flash: Good Deeds Make a Good Person

You, yes you. You’re a good person!

Believe it or not, there are hundreds, if not millions, of Canadians out there who do good deeds all the time. Are you one of them? Have you ever put a coin in a meter for a stranger so that they won’t get a ticket? Have you opened a door for someone, or let someone in front of you at the grocery line? Have you stopped to donate to someone on the street, donated time to a charitable organization, or maybe spent some time with a lonely person? Maybe you gave away a smile to someone who needed it? Have you helped a neighbour shovel their walk?
Even just asking someone how they are and then really listening to them can be a great act of kindness. Are you a good listener to your friends and partners? Have you ever held the door for the elderly, or given up your seat in a busy doctor’s office, or on a bus? All these acts seem so insignificant on their own but these daily acts made by people like you make the world a much better place.
Every time you do something like this you are making someone else’s life just a little better, and you are in turn helping yourself.
So now you can pat yourself on the back. You deserve it. You are a good person!
Stay in the click, don’t be a stick, and continue on with all your good deeds.
Lori Papetti

Random Acts of Kindness

I am a champion for the written word.Yes, my text messages are longer than average and I include full punctuation — to the point where a complete stranger in the waiting room of a doctor’s office commented that it looked like I was writing a novel. I confess that I put the cellphone away immediately and had a real conversation with her, and it was lovely.

So with this love of the written word, you can understand the anticipation I feel when my monthly Chatelaine magazine comes in the mail. (Yes, the mail. I can’t bring myself to have an online subscription to anything.) I indulge in the luxury of snuggling down with a hot cup of tea and a cozy blanket in my most favourite spot in my home to read.  Ah, just writing that makes me smile.   

Enough about me, I want to share with you a feature in their January issue, and topic of my blog – the launch of kindcycle.ca

From now until the end of January (yes that’s today), make a kindness resolution to do five random acts of kindness and help make the world a happier place. Join this month (it’s free) and $100 will be donated in your name to the Canadian Women’s Foundation by the Lise Watier Foundation to support programs across Canada that move women and girls out of poverty, out of violence, and into confidence.  A simple kind act is guaranteed to make someone’s day and now it can change a life!

So, in an age where people will stop mid-conversation with me to answer their cellphone, look away before making eye contact in the street, or race in front of you to get one car ahead in the traffic line (perhaps it is just me, but I find that hilarious) I am putting what I read into action and helping the Canadian Women’s Foundation fund programs that will help not only women, but all of us. I resolve to help make the world kinder and gentler, one random act at a time. What are you going to do?