Monday, June 22, 2009

I am a Mom-of-All-Trades

On a friend's fabulous blog--- she wrote that her three year old daughter announced to her church class she wanted to be a mermaid when she grew up. My friend celebrated the idea that the you-can-be-anything-you-want-to-be-lessons were getting through.
This reminded me of my childhood dream job -- I wanted to be a game show host. Not a Vanna White type, but I was gunning for Bob Barker's job on the Price is Right. In the fifth grade I even did a school project/report/presentation in game show format where I was the host and my fellow colleagues answered questions about the subject into microphones I'd made from aluminum foil and plastic cups.
Earlier in my childhood I wanted to be a scientist--more specifically a chemist. I think I just liked mixing the chemicals in my chemistry set.
I was sure I would be a future organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
I would be a public official- like a judge.
I wanted to be a veterinarian.
I've always had a desire to be an actress.
I could be a fashion designer.
I have entertained thoughts of writing a book someday.
Did I have visions of grandeur? Perhaps. But I believe it is fantastic for children and adults to have dreams of things they want to do. Big things. Varied interests. Here's why.

In very real ways I have gotten to do all those childhood dreams and much more. I am a mother.
As a mother, almost every day I get to do most of these things--just on a smaller scale. Let me explain.

Host the Price is Right-
-I am constantly helping children figure out what things cost. I help children choose one thing over another based on what is the best value. I also offer prizes to the kids for jobs well done.

A scientist - I am Clark's mom. Enough said. I do science experiments. I read books about science. I let my children keep reptiles in the house. We hike in the mountains.

Organist for MoTab- I play the organ at church once a month. I keep the volume pretty loud! I teach piano lessons to aspiring young musicians.

Judge Betsy- I am judge and jury all day everyday. Five children living and working together all day- you better believe we need conflict resolution.

Actress- We read a lot of books aloud and I do great voices for the characters.

Fashion Designer- I help pick out lots of clothes for people and gently notify them when their clothing choices are not acceptable.

Veterinarian- We have a dog and have played a part in helping many reptiles pass to the other side.

Author- You are reading my words I wrote that are out there for the whole world to see.

Motherhood, (as all things) has it's challenging parts. Challenging might be too light a word. Down right, tear inducing, screaming in frustration, HARD things. But in the flip side is the glorious adventure and fulfillment motherhood provides. I find the more I invest in my family and children the bigger the payoff. The more I search for ways to fulfill my needs for physical activity and mental stimulation in ways that involve my family the happier we all are. I do need time alone sometimes. I need time to read by myself. I need walks alone. I need time with friends and most importantly, dates with Abe.
But for me, it is within my home and family that I find the fulfillment of my childish (and not so childish) dreams.


Abe Fox said...

Wonderful, Beautiful post.......You are all of this and much more.

Abe Fox said...

And Bets.....don't forget your starring role on the stage as the "Alien Princess" in that Ward Road Show, where I rescued you as "Captain Kwerk".

We actually have video of that somewhere........we should post those incredible performances of ours on the Blog.......what do you think!?!

Leslie Behunin said...

Yes! Yes! Yes Abe, post it!!! :)

Very cute post, Betsy. I'm learning about the investment/payoff thing. SO TRUE!

Ali said...

This was a great post. It is always amazing to see how our dreams come true even if they aren't always in the way we expect them too.

Plus, motherhood truly is the most amazing job a person can have. And you truly are an amazing one.

Mothership said...

Awesome!! Isn't is something how things turn out even better than you planned? Most people don't get to do all of those things, and here you are, doing all of your dream jobs every day (or at least most days).

You are wonderful.

Brandon, Rachelle and Samantha said...

This was such a beautiful post. You have such a way with words. You are such an inspiration to me, Bets. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Also, thanks for your sweet comment on our blog.

Jenn and Family said...

Your blog is so awesome & so are you!!! Ryan says to me all the time that I need to make our blog more like Betsy's blog. Yes, I do need to be better at updating our blog! LOL! Not one of my talents! By the way, what pediatric dentist do your kids see? I need one for Kate that she will really love. :)