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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Meet My Friends: Part Seventeen

You may have noticed that I haven't done a Meet My Friends post in a while. What can I say? I'm busy, my friends (both real life and blog buddies) are busy, so I'm calling off the whole Meet My Friends thing. (However, if you ever have anything you'd like to share with me and the friends of Lucy, let me know! We could always bring it back on occasion!)

BUT! I couldn't just end it without one final post. And what better way to wrap it all up then in the same way we started--with something from Jess of Soulful Noel!

Jessica was my very 1st poster for Meet My Friends back in the spring and at the time she was super close to having her first bambino. He is now here (and ADORABLE!) so I asked her to close out Meet My Friends with a few thoughts on motherhood.

So without further ado, my sweet friend Jessica...

Hi friends of Lucy:

Jess Noel here again, this time as a new mom. But not as new as some—my son will be nine months old in a week! As they all say, time is flying by. When I was pregnant, everyone told me to enjoy the baby year because it will be over too soon. But, I of course couldn’t really fathom what that meant. Now, I understand.

Photo by Stephanie Curs

Sometimes, I have to remind myself that I am raising a man. When I’m wiping poop off my eye glasses (that’s a whole other post), or waking up from a three-minute power snooze by my kid who changed his mind about the nap, or holding him down with all my might to put his socks on, I forget that he has this incredible future ahead of him. It’s so easy to get caught up in the moment, and I certainly want to savor every second of his babyhood. But, on the other hand, I love to daydream about the days to come.

I have this innate drive to instill in my son the qualities that I deem most important in life, as I’m sure every mother does. I wanted to share those qualities with the Lucy circle because Lucy is a personal friend of mine, and I’m quite sure that she adheres to my sentiments. Lucy gets me.

Compassion and love: If I teach my son nothing else, I at least want him to find beauty in every living thing, to treat others as he would want to be treated, and to empathize as best he can. He’s a Taurus, so this won’t be an easy task. But, if he can learn to walk in other’s shoes, then I have taught him well.

Music is life, art is life: We named him Singer Nash Noel, if that says anything about our values. In our household, we respect and appreciate music and art above all else. Singer may choose not to be an artist, and he may choose not to be a musician. But, I hope that I can teach him to love both with an open heart.

Seek God and find God: I’ve struggled with raising a child in any one particular denomination, or religion for that matter, because neither my husband nor I are religious. We are, however, spiritual. I want to teach my son that God is real, and the best way I know how to describe God can be summed up in the following poem by Jill Phillips:

I am constant.

I am near.

I am peace that shatters all your secret fears.

I am holy.

I am wise.

I am the only one who knows your heart’s desires.

Also, lyrics by Mark Mancina from Julie Taymor’s The Lion King:

He lives in you.

He lives in me.

He watches over everything we see.

Into the water.

Into the truth.

In your reflection.

He lives in you.

I look forward to introducing my son to God, giving him the tools to make his own decision about religion and spirituality, and setting him free to journey into the world and discover his path.

Finally, I wanted to leave you with a book recommendation. Singer and I have cherished this beautifully illustrated poem since he was born, and I cannot tell you how important this book is to me. Please find it and read it. I promise you will love it! It’s called Mama Says by Rob Walker with illustrations by Leo and Diane Dillon.

Blessings, Lucy and friends! And a Happy New Year, too!


of Soulful Noel

So there ya have it. A full circle closure to Meet My Friends.

Thanks to Jessica and all of my guest posters this year. I loved reading more about you!

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