I was about to share pictures of my 2 year old painting on my Facebook feed.
In a corner of my house that I'd conveniently well lit and there is no clutter.
Then my conscience started whispering ...
Its a LIE. You are perpetuating the LIE.
You have 5 children and in 12 years , how often have you actually let your toddler go free reign with PAINT?
Its true. I'm not a Pinterest mum. I am not a crafty mum.
Im a build a snow man , wrestle, go hiking , cook with , talk Philosophy and literature mum.
But crafts and glue and paint ... I shudder just thinking about it .
You mama's with your craft closets and frequent activities ... if I wasn't Catholic I would probably build a shrine to you and bring offerings to your badly crafted table with petitions of blessings and sharing of your magic , goddess like powers.
But for real , you are a true manifestation of the different giftings in body of Christ , that I simply didn't get given.
Do you know why my child is painting?
Because... she spends ages doing it , she is mesmerized.
I have wrote this blog , done the dishes , put laundry on ... all the time shes painted.
Shes also a unicorn. A bonafide unicorn child that makes very little mess , unlike her older siblings.
Any , I am rambling.
My point is , in 12 years I have never mustered the ability to be good at and think about child focused crafts.
And that is OK . I'll be over here building a den or reading the Hobbit out loud .
And you'll be baking lovely cakes and sewing beautiful clothes. Or coaching football . Or helping them with maths homework.
As one of my favourite Downton Abbey characters says ' There are different kinds of good mother '
And you my dear , are splendid.
What kind of 'Mother' are you ? What do you enjoy ? What comes naturally and what is a challenge?