Five Minute Friday: What mama did

five minute fridayIt’s Five Minute Friday, hosted by The Gypsy Mama.  Five minutes of free writing flash mob goodness.


If you aren’t familiar, the rules are simple.  Lisa-Jo Baker gives a single word writing prompt every Friday.   Each of us have five minutes to write and post.  No editing, no second guessing, no fancy stuff.  Just plain writing – straight from the heart. (click HERE for the official rules and details).  Then we go visit other participants and shower them with comment love.

Last week, the word was BELOVED.

This week, the word is WHAT MAMA DID.

Five Minute Friday

What my mama did was make it look easy.

my mom

What mama did was work.  When I was born, she kept her job because she knew she was a better mama for working than she would be if she stayed home all day.  She stayed true to herself.  Back then, in the early sixties, that wasn’t an easy choice.  But mama made it look easy.

What mama did was learn.  When faced with being a single mom, she learned how to slash our bills in half and stretch a pound of hamburger for a week.  She learned how to change the oil in the car and fix the lawn mower.  And then she taught me how.  She made it look easy.

What mama did was right.  In the seventies, faced with “do what feels good” mama didn’t.  She did what was right.  She took us to church, kept the bills paid, and taught us right from wrong.  When friends told her to think of herself, mama didn’t.  She kept putting us kids first.  She made it look so easy I never knew it happened.

What mama did was give.  Even when we didn’t have much, there was always enough to give something away.

What mama did was be a rock.  She was always there.  At every softball game and piano recital.  She kept her promises.  She remembered every special occasion, even the ones I made up.  Daddy didn’t.  But somehow mama made that feel OK too. It wasn’t easy.  She never pretended that it was.

What mama did was prosper.  All that hard work and rightness and giving and rock-solidness paid off.  She got promoted time and time again.  She found love again.  After years of fierce independence she became a wife again.  She made it all look easy.

What mama did was cheer.  After years of cheering me on as a single and childless career woman, she cheered me on as I walked down the aisle.  After years of fierce independence I became a wife.  It was easy for me because mama taught me how.

What mama did was accept.  She may not have understood, but she accepted my choice to stay home with my kids.  I knew I’d be a better mama if I made a choice different than my mama. I stayed trued to myself, even though I knew mama was disappointed.  It was easy for me because mama taught me how.

What mama did was amazing.  She lead me every step of the way and made it all look easy.


Five Minute Friday


[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Houston Mom Blogger Susan Baker has a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood. She has two elementary school boys, one engineering husband, and one cat. She has a strange fascination  for eggs, socks, and books.  She spends far too much time on Social Media and at Target. She is crazy in love with her family.  She serves an amazing God.   She lives an ordinary life filled with wonder. [/author_info] [/author]

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I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. Oh I can not tell you what an encouragement your first few lines were to me. I, too decided to continue to work when my kids were born because I know it was best for me and my family. To hear that you understand that decision comforts me that my kids will also understand. Thank you for sharing

    • Amy, each of us deserves the freedom to make the right choice for us AND our family. My mom tried staying home and was miserable. She knew instinctively that her happiness was key to being a good mom for us. And she understood that working was key to her happiness because it gave her a sense of independence and purpose that she needed. She made sure that we knew we were loved and she made us a huge priority in her life. What more could any kid ask for – a happy mom that loved me and loved her life. We started talking about HER choice as soon as I began to ask why she worked and other moms stayed home. As a result, I’ve never questioned her choice. I’m sure your kids will understand and appreciate that you made the very best choice you knew how to make.

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