Fun And Funny Moments Of Motherhood!
Motherhood is a funny thing! As chaotic and frustrating as it can get sometimes…it can also be equally delightful and fulfilling! In the day in and day out battlefield of messes and whining, the lighthearted and hilarious moments of motherhood tend to get lost. So let’s take a step back and consider some of those occasions that, as mother’s, have made us smile–and even provided some wonderful, spontaneous belly laughs!
♥ Mother’s seem to know the right thing to say in any predicament!
My husband grew up in a large family of nine children. As you can imagine, mealtimes were a lively joust of food being served, thrashing elbows and boisterous chatter. He says that there was an ongoing joke in their household that you had to have at least one foot firmly planted on the floor at all times as you “fought” to get your portion of food! While that is obviously a bit of an exaggeration, my cute hubby does have the starring role in a minor dinner mishap that has become part of his family’s folklore! But like any good mother, his mom saved the day with her fast thinking and quick wit.
My husband has shared with me the funny story of how one evening as his family sat down for supper, he started shaking a bottle of Italian dressing to put on his salad. He didn’t notice that the lid wasn’t tightly secured and his dad became the direct target of the errant dressing as it spewed from the bottle. For one fleeting moment…there was pure silence at their usual bustling dinner table as the tangy liquid dripped from his dad’s glasses and nose. Without missing a beat however, his mom handed the salad bowl down the table and said in a laughter-filled voice, “Well, pass your dad the salad so he can have some lettuce with his dressing.” What could have been a very tense and stressful moment, turned into lighthearted laughter while everyone gave their napkins to their dad so he could wipe himself off.
♥ Mother’s will work for hugs!
Children seem to have an innate way of knowing when their mother’s are most in need of one of the happiest dividends of being a mother.
My little grandson, Elliot, is a precocious two-year-old with an infectious laugh and boundless energy. Days with him are busy and active, but are always punctuated with those priceless moments when he propels himself into his mom’s arms and offers warm hugs with unabashed love and trust! Obviously, occasions like these provide some major smile moments with our kids when we take the time to truly enjoy them; they definitely make the sacrifices of motherhood all the more worthwhile! (My son and daughter-in-law waited a long time for these hugs from this special little guy. You can read their adoption story here.)
“My favorite place is inside your hug!” Winnie the Pooh
♥ Kids say the darndest things…because they learn from their mothers!
If we’re lucky the wisdom and sass of our mom’s will rub off on us and set us up for being able to tackle life in the “real” world!
As a pre-teen, my brother was begrudgingly helping my mother with some chores one Saturday morning. The story goes that when he held the dustpan as she bent down to sweep up some dirt and crumbs, he inspected the top of her head and noted aloud the number of gray hairs she was getting. My mom rhetorically replied that they were a result of her children’s bad actions and the worry they caused her. It’s been embellished over the years, but apparently my brother responded with great satire and drama in his voice, that that explained why grandma (my mom’s mom) had only grey hairs on her head! Ever the gracious person that she was, my mom just stood up and smiled…then added a few extra chores to his list!
♥ Playing with children is happiness therapy!
How many times have you found yourself cracking up at something your kids said or did while they were playing and thought, I’ve got to write that down before I forget it. In today’s society, playtime is often thought of as a time for children to have a short break from other, more serious, learning. But if we stop and think about it, in some respects, creative play is the crucial framework of childhood that can help kids become productive, well-balanced adults!
Recently, my daughter captured this sweet scene as her two year old daughter had full reign of the toys while her older sisters were at school. Bunny beauty parlor was in full swing, complete with ear curls! Not only is this hilarious on so many levels, (check out the very attentive look on her face) but it also created a neat moment for my daughter to join this precious girl on the floor to get an update on all her clients! Watching our children use their nurturing abilities in these types of situations can’t help but give us a glimpse into the effectiveness of our own mothering skills.
“Play gives children a place to practice what they are learning.” Mr. Rogers
♥ Mother’s know that laughter is the best medicine!
My mom was an avid proponent of viewing motherhood through the veiled, tongue-in-cheek parody of renown editorial humorist and author, Erma Bombeck, who wrote about suburban home life in a nationally syndicated column from 1960 until her death in 1996. Like Ms. Bombeck, my mother occasionally bemoaned some of the absurdities of life that were often embraced by modern society, but lacked the common sense of a wise mother! As mother’s, we try not to take life too seriously and just go with the flow–that way we don’t embarrass our children too much! We also learn to laugh a lot along the way–mostly at ourselves!
Guilt is the gift that keeps on giving!
I’m going to stop punishing my children by saying, “Never mind! I’ll do it myself.”
The term “working mother” is redundant!
Seize the moment! Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the desert cart!
Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother!
To all you neat women out there…do something to celebrate yourselves every day!
This is my kind of Mother’s Day greeting!
I’d love to hear about any fun or funny moments you’ve experienced with your mom or children!
♥ Much love, Mary