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Topic: INDEFATIGABLE (02/11/16)
TITLE: You know you are a Mum to boys when ...
By Nicki Jeffery
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You know you are a Mum to boys when you are pointing out all the different kinds of trucks on the highway. “B-double, truck and dog, semi-trailer, low loader, dump truck, car carrier,” you recite effortlessly. Your four-year-old son knows every model of car on the roads too. “Brrm" is the noise everything makes. You find toy cars in every nook and cranny of your house, even in your bed sheets. Frequently by stepping on one in the middle of the night. Everyday your lounge room is a smatter of cars and trains and tracks. You get excited when you hear the garbage truck motoring down your street. And you frequently have to read, “Cars and trucks and things that go” before bed (This book is actually quite amazing!)
You know you are a Mum to boys when you check the toilet seat before sitting down (you’ve learnt from experience). And you wear shoes for fear of stepping in wetness around the front of the toilet bowl. No matter what cleaning products you use, the bathroom constantly reeks of wee. Your sons ask if they can pee from the trampoline, into a bucket or off the stairs. Or they don’t ask. You watch with horror as they go in public places, like playgrounds and the town swimming pool lawn. Anything with the word “poo” in it is funny, especially “shampoo”.
You know you are a Mum to boys when you act as a WWF referee all day. Mums of girls look on in trepidation as your boys wrestle over toys, or nothing. Comments of “your life must be full on” roll like water off a duck’s back, you’ve heard them so often. You just smile and tilt your head, saying, “This is totally normal.” Bike and scooter rides, digging up worms in the garden, playing chasees in the backyard. Jumping on the trampoline, climbing trees and shelves, having tickle fights. There is no “off” button. Just “go” and “sleep”.
You know you are a Mum to boys when injuries are expected. You take out ambulance cover from birth. The nurses in the emergency room greet you by name. It’s hard to get a good family photo since someone always has a bruise or gash on their face.
You know you are a Mum to boys when you are enveloped in cuddles and kisses. “You’re beautiful, Mummy,” one son says. “I’m going to marry you when I grow up,” says another. You are the princess of your home. The queen of your castle. Even if that castle is messy and there’s no food left in the pantry. There’s mud, food and pee everywhere.
You know you are a Mum to boys when you are indefatigable. You have to be. You dreamed them in your heart as they twinkled in their Dad’s eye. You conceived and carried them for nine months in the womb. You gave birth to them through gritted teeth and determination. You endured the broken nights of sleep and days of never ending chores and play. “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” Proverbs 31:25
You know you are a Mum to boys when the day is done and it is story time. Your sons snuggle up to you, resting their heads on your shoulders. You listen as their breathing deepens and watch their eyes glaze over. They hear Mummy’s voice, like they did before they were born. Mummy’s soothing, comforting voice. They are safe, cared for and content.
You know you are a Mum to boys because God chose you to be. He has entrusted your sons to you. They are knights in training. Princes that will grow up to be men of God. You are teaching them how to treat girls. You are encouraging their pioneering natures. Their courage, conquering spirit and sense of adventure. You can do it, because you are doing it.
Mums of boys, pray for your sons, that when they are grown, they will fulfil 1 Timothy 3:2-4 NKJV “… the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behaviour, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence.”
Many thanks to “Godly Mums Discussion Group” Facebook, for your input
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