Recently I was sitting on a plane and heard a conversation behind me that I have been thinking about for awhile. I wasn’t necessarily eaves-dropping but the plane was quiet and I happen to hear a few sentences from the row behind me that I won’t soon forget.
In the middle seat, a seasoned gentleman (from the sound of his voice) was talking to a young college student who was sitting directly behind me in the window seat. I heard him ask him about college and his classes and of course, his major. The young college boy said that he was majoring in computer science and then they chatted computer talk for awhile….which was well over my head. But at one point the younger man said that he was working on some computer certification programs that were proving to be “very, very hard.”
“Son,” the older man explained, “those certifications have always been hard and are meant to be hard. That’s what makes them worth something when you are done.”
The younger man went quiet and a few seconds later said, “I guess you are right.”
That was the end of my eaves-dropping because my mind immediately went to that older, seasoned man’s words.
They have always been hard…..that’s what makes them worth something when you are done.
And then I thought about motherhood. It’s hard. Really hard.
Laundry, dishes, meal preparation, keeping up with school work,and homework,and making sure everyone has brushed their teeth and combed their hair and is where they are supposed to be. And then add everyone’s moods and emotions into any given day and it can be so overwhelming.
Motherhood can be so exhausting….and just plain old hard work.
But then I need to remember, it’s always been hard. Motherhood wasn’t easier for our moms or grandmothers, or even great grand-mothers (in fact they probably had it harder) and it was never meant to be easy.
Because I want it to be worth something when I am done.
PS I would love to hear your thoughts on that older man’s words….I thought they were so profound.