• Jon Forrest

A Mother’s Resolutions

The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest

A Mother’s Resolutions


1. When I forget to go to the grocery store, I will not boil the macaroni necklaces my children made for me in preschool.

2. I will pack the kids’ lunch boxes the night before, so I don’t throw in a slab of frozen lasagna as they’re running for the bus. "It’ll defrost by lunch. If not, you can suck it like an ice pop."

3. I will resist the urge to explain to strangers why my son is wearing winter boots, a bathing suit bottom, and an inside-out and backward pajama top. I will be grateful that he is able to dress himself.

4. I will not tell my children that the Play-Doh dried up just because I don’t feel like cleaning up after they use it, even though I know it means I’ll spend the evening harvesting the colored stuff from the carpet fibers, chair cushions and the dog’s fur.

5. I will always protect the rights of my children, especially their right to remain silent.

6. I will learn to accept the outbursts and tantrums as a part of life. After all, I promised to love my husband for better or worse.

7. When my husband and I go to a restaurant without the kids, I will not roll up his sleeves or move the knives from his reach. I will not accompany him to the bathroom and remind him to wash his hands with soap. If my husband wants dessert at the end of the meal, I will not tell him it depends on his behavior.

8. I will be more flexible about children’s nutritional requirements by counting the ketchup and green crayon as vegetables.

9. I will be a good, fair and loving parent to my children. I will provide them with enriching experiences and opportunities. I will give them a solid foundation on which to build a useful life. After all, they may eventually be responsible for choosing a nursing home for me to live out my final days.

10. I will develop an ability to have a conversation with an adult that doesn’t revolve around labor pains or children’s toilet habits. I will feel comfortable in the silence that ensues when neither of us can think of any other topic to discuss or remember we can always discuss the weather.

-by some mom


I can’t wait to share Mothers’ Day with the church family this week.

The women of our church family are deserving of our love and respect. We love sharing it with the women of our community as well because there is an overwhelming lacking of appreciation for who they are and what they do. I hope you will bring your friends and neighbors to share in this morning of Joy!


See you Sunday,

Jon



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