I laughed, I cried, I nodded my head in agreement and shouted, "AMEN!" Glennon captures the mixed emotions of mothering so perfectly. I wish I could articulate the mess of thoughts that run through my under-functioning brain as well as she does.
I think parenting young children (and old ones, I've heard) is a little like climbing Mount Everest. Brave, adventurous souls try it because they've heard there's magic in the climb. They try because they believe that finishing, or even attempting the climb are impressive accomplishments. They try because during the climb, if they allow themselves to pause and lift their eyes and minds from the pain and drudgery, the views are breathtaking. They try because even though it hurts and it's hard, there are moments that make it worth the hard. These moments are so intense and unique that many people who reach the top start planning, almost immediately, to climb again. Even though any climber will tell you that most of the climb is treacherous, exhausting, killer. That they literally cried most of the way up.I hope you have a chance to read her article and find a nugget of truth in it for you as well.
By the way, you know how everyone always talks about 'mommy brain'? I never really bought into it. But now, guess what? I've got it big time! I can't finish my sentences, I forget words and the names of things, I forget what I'm doing so I can't ever finish a task. It's embarrassing and frustrating. How will anyone hire me when I'm incapable of having a complete thought or sentence??