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Topic: Exotic (08/08/13)
TITLE: I'm Like Superman
By Rachel Malcolm
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Sweet silence: itís better than chocolate. In that span of my life before I had children, I never could have dreamed of the noise that six kids can make. And noise is one thing, but itís the fighting that makes me feel like Iím unraveling at the edges.
My nine year old son is stomping in the living room, showing me that he feels that Iíve been unjust in taking away his computer time for hitting his sister. He doesnít know it, but heís one stomp away from losing his dessert too.
Iíve been writing a blog for a couple of years and the whole premise of it, is to encourage stay at home moms to enjoy the time while their children are with them. You know, make the most of it. Itís days like these, though, that make me wonder why I think Iím qualified to write this stuff.
Back in grade school, my nickname was Tiger Lady. I think that I got it because of my unorthodox soccer playing. Racing like a mad woman down the field, I was known to knock people over in my exuberance to get the ball. That may not sound very surprising, but I was always one of the smallest in the class and I played barefootÖbetter traction.
Thatís how Iíve tackled everything in life: a little fire-ball, wreaking havoc. Some women have temperaments that make them well suited to full-time mothering. Theyíre demure, well organized, and consistent. IímÖnot.
It was always the exotic calling me. I imagined myself slaying dragons, or being the cool head in a disaster and saving everyoneís lives. (I totally have a hero complex.) So how did I end up a full-time homeschooling mom of six kids? Isnít that just the ultimate in mundane?
Some days it really feels that way, but maybe Iím like Superman. My life looks boring. I look boring. But Iím on a mission, changing the world as I work under the surface, behind the scenes. The stakes are high, eternal, in fact. Itís the vision that I bring to my calling that makes it a labour of passion instead of drudgery. Iím exotic on the inside. :)
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