A few days ago, I chatted via text with my friends. One was working at a new job location far from home and was experiencing new and glorious things and meeting Brock Long, Administrator for FEMA. He quoted Mother Teresa in his speech and was instantly loved.
My other friend, received a wonderful raise at her job and was given great new responsibilities.
While we confessed about the new and exciting things happening in their lives, the same morning I was cleaning toilets.
Today is laundry day. There is a lot of laundry and I am the laundry queen. I choose to do everyone’s laundry. It gives me great satisfaction as I sort, spot clean and eventually pull out of the dryer, clean and spot free clothes.
We have a potty trainer in the house which calls for piles of the cutest little underwear I ever did see.
As my friends are having great success in their lives, I am successful in my own way. I am so excited for them and we celebrate their accomplishments. I am not jealous at all. And that is not sarcasm, that is truth. My life at home is happy and I am full of contentment in that part of my life.
As a young mother, I stayed home and cared for our children. I did many of the things I do today as a not so young mother and grandmother. However it is different. I don’t have young ones at my feet all day everyday that I must care for. I get to enjoy our grandchild as his BB. Pure contentment.
Today was also pull weeds day. It was a beautiful sunny day and I enjoyed getting my hands dirty as we prepare for our Spring garden. Listening to podcasts while working is enjoyable. Today it was Jen Hatmakers for the Love of music with Hillary Scott from Lady Antebellum. What a great listen!!! So many wonderful things came to mind as I listened but my favorite was in reference to the Aspen Tree. Did you know that while the Aspen tree might stand alone, underground there is an extensive root system. Before a single aspen trunk appears above the surface, the root system may lie dormant for many years until the conditions are just right, including sufficient sunlight. In a single stand, each tree is a genetic replicate of the other, hence the name a “clone” of aspens used to describe a stand.
It was used in context of relationships. While I stand alone as an individual, my root system is deep and strong. There are parents and siblings, husbands and children and the friends I spoke of before? They are included in that system and so many more. On days when I might feel alone, I know that I am not. What an incredible thing to remember on hard days. And while I talk of my root system, I know, without a shadow of a doubt that I am in the root system of so many others.
Here’s to all the strong loving root system women in my life. Happy National Women’s Day.