Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Three Gold Stars

I am sitting in front of my computer with a crying six week old on my lap, a three year old trying to put a beaded necklace over my head and my two year old eating a pencil. Well, maybe he's not really eating it, just exploring with all of his senses. I still need to make dinner with enough time to eat before he leaves for his meeting at the fire department. Then I have to put all three kids to bed, by myself.

I'm not complaining; well, let's be honest here: I am a little bit. I am just wondering about gold stars. You remember them, right? From elementary school. A nice big chart on the wall for all to see with your name (as well as those of your classmates) and a collection (or smattering) of gold stars. They're beautiful, all shiny and perfect in shape. They mean only one thing: you've done a good job! Now I'm wondering, where are the gold stars for parenting? Wouldn't it be nice to have someone recognize all of the "good mom" things you accomplish in a day? Wouldn't that spur you on, or at least make it bearable to change one more diaper?

Of course not all things are worthy of gold stars. Like how I just yelled at my three year old more because I was annoyed than because she was misbehaving. But that's not what this is about. We need to forget what is behind and move toward God. If you keep looking back, you're bound to crash in to something to come.

What happens when you feel like you don't deserve a gold star? When a day has been just that bad that you can't imagine why anyone, much less God would give you a gold star. A friend reminded me just the other day. It is for these stars I am the most grateful, even when I don't deserve them. And what makes you feel better on a bad day at school than when the teacher gives you a gold star, even if you don't feel you deserve it?

1 comment:

navywife1984 said...


I don't know if you realize it or not but there is an organization called American Gold Star Mother's Inc., which is for Mothers who have lost a son or daughter in service to their country. I was rather shocked to see what your blog was about when I found it while browsing the blogs on www.rachaelray.com. Fortunately, I do not belong to that organization and hope never to. I am a US Navy wife with a 21 year old daughter who is a college senior this year studying abroad and a 16 year old son who is seriously considering joining the Marines or the Army as a Crew Chief (or similar job) so that he can do Search and Rescue to help others in need and in a combat zone if needed. He currently is a cadet with Civil Air Patrol who does Search and Rescue. He says that is what he was meant to do.

I don't mean to belittle you or your blog here but all of us moms have a lot of difficult days with our children no matter their age.

Out of respect for the Gold Star Mothers of our wonderful country, maybe you would like to change the name of your blog. Just a thought.

I hope you have a good day.
God Bless,
A very proud Navy Wife