The prompt for this week’s Five Minute Friday is:
Set your timer for 5 minutes. Ready?
Motherhood came as a surprise. A big one. I was newly married and had totally no intention to become a mother so soon. Yet after my honeymoon, I found a small black dot in me which my gynae said it’s a baby. Surprise! It was happiness and fear and uncertainty all at once. I questioned myself then if I could really be responsible for someone’s life when I’m just starting mine. I surprised myself by deciding to accept this precious gift.
Since then, it has been a journey of surprising self-discovery. Aahh! I actually can wake myself up in the middle of the night just to breastfeed my baby. Sleeping less than 8 hours doesn’t kill. Oooh… I can make myself cook something decent so that my brood doesn’t doesn’t die from malnutrition. And hey! I do have a strong sixth sense that tells me that my kids are up to mischeilf even when I’m in another room. And guess what? I have the ability to cry without uttering a sound just so as not to let the girls know that their mummy is on the verge of breaking down. I have the inner strength to do what it takes to keep the family together. I can stand up back again and again after failing so that my children can learn what endurance and perseverance are.
I am surprised by it all.
15 years and 3 children later, motherhood is still surprising me. And I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t.