Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Early in the morning, as the sun is streaming through the curtains, I rise and walk towards the window. I see birds. I motion for them to come hither. They chirp a lovely melody and enter my room to help me dress for the day. The dear sparrows! I sing and hum through the house in my apron, looking angelic and peaceful.
This is a housewife's "pink mood." While I am in this mood, catastrophe hits my home. Children argue. Drama ensues... Everyone messes up the house simply by their presence. But I am as cheerful as ever. I am in my pink mood.
I hum and sing and gently tap children on their shoulders and ask for help. They smile and laugh because my mood is catching. Everyone gives up their trials and starts to laugh with Mother.
There are rare occasions that I am angry (perish the thought)but this is how that works: I might raise my voice (shout?). This is so rare that the older children are startled. They hug me and say, "Mother, what is wrong? This is so unlike you." They make it better for me. They may even buy me M and M's to cheer me up. They love my pink mood and will do anything to help me get it back.
One day, I was sitting in a corner chair near the hearth. I was happily looking out the window at the front property. I was content and as peaceful as could be. Matthew (17) and Nicole (20) came over and stood nearby. They began to analyze the situation. I heard them mumbling to each other:
Matthew: "Look at her... Not a care in the world... she has no worries at all."
Nicole: "I wish I could be that happy!"
I just smiled at them. Then I got up and made some nice hot tea. I love my pink mood.
But do you know what? My house is never going to be completely clean. Yet I delight in polishing and scrubbing. I don't necessarily do this to get it all finished, but to enjoy the process of making a home.
My children are going to have their normal squabbles and my husband, at times, will be angry with me. This is a normal house, just like everyone else's. But what I wish for all of you, is to learn to get into a pink mood. It is like living with one foot on earth and one in Heaven. It is having peace that passeth all understanding. It is the most joyous place to be.
If you spend time in the presence of the Almighty and find your source of strength and happiness there, you will develop the sweetest heart for home and motherhood that you could ever imagine.
You may not always retain the pink mood, for our emotions fluctuate and cannot be trusted. We will also experience painful trials and tears, but our goal is to get back to pink as soon as we can. Tears are good for the soul, but smiles are even better.
May you all have a wonderful day!