As mothers, what do we touch each day? What do our busy hands do?
Of course, there is the mundane. We get bogged down by it don’t we? Unable to see over the mountains of mundane…
The laundry, dishes, nappies, snacks, meals, homework, buggies, scooters, helmets, cars. Tooth brushing, bathing, showering, hair brushing. Cleaning, tidying, sorting, shopping…
It is never ending. It can be difficult to see past; to see beyond.
But, there is also the marvellous. The amazing and the special.
These hands touch my children’s faces, their hands, their hair; their creations, their artwork, their projects.
Their toys and games: a tea cup with pretend tea accompanied by imaginary cake; a spaceship on a journey to the moon; a fire engine on the way to an emergency; a stick that is not a stick but a light sabre; a Lego race car; a sofa boat, sailing across the ocean, with room for all the family; a magical leaf. Adventures and excitement and imagination.
These hands hold their love and trust and safety. Their hopes and dreams.
These hands give cuddles and soothe pain. They protect and guide. They clap in delight and point out the interesting. They beep noses and they tickle. They help jumps and boings and leaps. They encourage smiles and giggles!
I am proud of these hands of mine, that do so much more than I thought.
And that really is marvellous.
This post was inspired by the question posed at this months Story of Mum Make Date: what have you touched today? In my usual fashion (it being the middle of the afternoon for me when these wonderful twitter parties happen!) I popped in and out of the chat; but it got me thinking, as Pippa’s questions generally do… As always, the make part of the date (to draw round our hands and fill them in with all that we have touched) was impossible to do alongside refereeing children and making dinner, so that came later too!