A Broom of Her Own

March 17, 2011

The choices we make

I always tell my kids that life is about choices – make a decision and move forward w/out regrets. I like to think of it in terms of  walking; you don’t want to stand still and if you keep looking backwards while you’re walking, you’ll likely trip, fall, and possibly break your nose (that’s only wise if you are aiming for an insurance-covered nose job).

A lot of my choices have made sense only to me:

  • I used to be a reporter for a well-known magazine until I jumped off the fast track to run away w/the circus. Not a smart career move, I admit. But in the end, my stint w/the circus was life changing.
  • When my marriage went up in flames,  my nearest & dearest urged me to blow the whistle on my then-husband’s girlfriend (presumably her bosses & husband wouldn’t have been happy to know the bureau chief of the family court was preying on a family dealing w/cancer & death). But toward what end?  It wouldn’t have restored my white picket fence fantasy and it would likely have invited chaos into her children’s lives.
  • I’m the middle of nine and love having so many siblings.  But I started late and decided a big family wasn’t in the cards for my kids. Honestly, who wants to embarrass their kid by slugging Ensure at his/her college graduation? Besides when it comes to parenting, two’s a face off and three’s a siege.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve made some really dumb choices along the way too. Exhibit A: my ex-husband. That’s okay. It’s all part of the journey.

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  1. your children are lucky to have you – it takes a wise woman to know when she has to put others bfore herself. This was a provoking insight.

    Comment by Jo Bryant — March 18, 2011 @ 6:46 am | Reply

  2. I’m not so sure that’s how they always see it. My son (13) jokes that I need to be especially good to them because in the end, they’ll be the one making the decision about whether to pull the plug.

    Comment by A Broom of Her Own — March 18, 2011 @ 6:52 pm | Reply

    • Hahahahahaha…sorry, but your son sounds like my daughter. Which is a good thing. If they joke about it with you – they’ll never really pull the plug. LOL. So funny. I am still laughing. I had a conversation with the daughter about what is so good about being a Mum compared to the downside – it is moments like that !!!! Though, now, she’d never understand. 🙂

      Comment by Jo Bryant — March 18, 2011 @ 7:16 pm | Reply

      • Don’t be so sure about that. Let’s revisit this conversation when we get closer to plug-pulling time…..

        Comment by A Broom of Her Own — March 18, 2011 @ 10:32 pm

      • 🙂

        Comment by Jo Bryant — March 18, 2011 @ 10:37 pm

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