I feel like a lot of growing has been happening since hitting my 30’s.
Not right away, maybe it took to 31… or 32. But, I started to get a bit more confident in my decisions. I figured out my strengths and I embraced them. Things I’m not good at? I started to embrace those, too. Knowing what you can do and what you can’t do. Knowing when to say no and when to say yes.
It may all sound so simple but we, especially as moms, know it can be oh so tough.
Anyone else get a bazillion emails from multiple schools asking for help, volunteering, donations? Yes, of course you do. And it pulls at your heart strings because hello, it’s your kid’s school. Oh my goodness, what if I don’t donate and they DON’T HAVE PENCILS? Eek, what if I don’t volunteer all my time and the little ones don’t have an art parent? Their creativity will be taken from them. FOREVER! OMG, what if I’m not room mom and the poor little lost 3s don’t have a halloween party? Or a horrid thought… a Christmas party???
This is literally what runs through my
perhaps a tad dramatic mind. See, it’s easy to get sucked in. Very easy.
And I’ve been sucked in. And you know what I found? I’m not the happiest being room mom. It’s honestly not my thing. I could take or leave being in the classroom. Sorry not sorry. I like to drop my kids at school, get out of there as fast as possible, and see them when the bell rings. At that point I welcome them with wide open arms and slobber them with hugs and kisses with a smile on my face.
Feeling this way is not a bad thing. It does not make me a bad mom, and it does not make you a bad mom if you feel this way too. There are moms, wonderful moms, who embrace all this. They are good at it. They organize and send emails and collect money and lead with a positive energy from within. It’s wonderful to see.
But it’s not for me.
You know what I’m good at? Being excited about my little’s parent-teacher conferences and bringing homemade chicken salad sandwiches to the hard working teachers.
Hospitality. It took me awhile to figure it all about and be ok with that being my thing. Sign me up.
- 1 rotisserie chicken, pulled up
- 1 large jar of artichokes, drained and chopped up
- 1 large jar sun dried tomatoes, drained and chopped up
- freshly grated asiago cheese, roughly 3/4 cup or so
- salt & pepper
- 3/4 cup(ish) of mayo (I know! The horror!)
- Mix all of the above together and season with salt & pepper. I like to serve them on mini hawaiian rolls, just like this. Enjoy!