I have a lot of ideas these days that need to be explored. That makes it a bit difficult to be a present mom to my daughter (I admit its easy to get distracted what with twitter, blogging, writing, iPads, iPhones, i don’t know what else they can invent at this point). I do try to be present for periods of time where we can sing, laugh, dance, read, and make funny faces. After all, isn’t the old adage true: the past is history, tomorrow a mystery and all we know is now, and that’s a gift, which is why its the present.
Since having my daughter (three years ago this month), I have reinvented myself as a parenting expert and columnist. But these days I’m interested in more than just the technical aspects of parenting. The issue is that what I am passionate about keeps changing, and so my energy gets redirected. Right now, I’m passionate about making societal and governmental change in the rights and respect given to mothers (and I’m not talking about breastfeeding). I’m talking about the invisible work that mothers do. You know what I mean: the cooking, cleaning, making appointments, chauffering children and always thinking, thinking, thinking. Its a wonder anything else ever gets done because our creativity is swept up in the caretaking aspects of mothering!