Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.



beck's picture beck

It's like being given a key to a secret room...
IT IS! It is JUST like that! And then you find yourself vainly trying to explain something to a childless friend and realizing that there's now this huge gulf between you.
Beautiful post.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks, beck. I'm glad the analogy of the key and the secret room works, because I always think about that when I think about this gift of parenting, and all wonders it has unlocked for me (and for my husband--he has the key, too).

SingMyself's picture SingMyself

I LOVE the secret key analogy! I also blogged a little about this yesterday, the idea that we have to learn to take things more in stride once we become parents, once we are the ones on the front line of any catastrophe involving our kids and the ones who have to put on our best brave faces for the little ones who are watching us.

Also, YES on the patience. I am at once both frightened by how little patience I often have and totally impressed by the practice of patience I have managed to accumulate over these years.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I think I needed to take a patience pill today--this was a tough one. Hopefully I'll sleep tonight and the patience well will be refilled, and I'll be up and running again tomorrow...!

gee's picture gee

and the intensity of the love and patience you have at this time of your parenting makes it possible to sustain such undying love and devotion for decade after decade after decade.
beautifully written blog. thanks so much.