October 23, 2010

C Student

Being a working mom is a hard job. Being a mom alone is a challenge but then adding a full 40+ hours of work, friends, family and life on top of that and it's impossible to really do a good job at any of it. I used to be an "A" student in my life. I'd send cards in a timely manner, keep the house somewhat organized, be an attentive wife and generally be on top of things. Now, I'm a C student bordering on a D+ in all aspects of my life and I'm coming to accept it.

Some months I excel in some areas more than others but I'm coming to realize that good enough is going to have to be good enough - there are only so many hours in the day. Maybe this is what adjusting to new roles in life is all about - making room for those new roles and letting go of all of the rest. This new attitude is a work in progress but it is refreshing to realize one person can all do so much.


  1. What a great post. It describes what happened to me, as well. Becoming a parent really made me rearrange priorities and let go things that aren't so important. Hard for A students!

    Love the pic, too.

  2. I hear you. It's hard to come up with a whole different set of expectations. Just another example of how becoming a mother changes every single thing.

  3. I love the way you put it, always having been an A student and having to come to terms with getting Cs and Ds on things. I feel the same way! Someone asked me the biggest surprise in parenting, and after thinking it over (must come up with perfect answer) I realized it was my lack of efficiency, which previously had been a hallmark. It is hard to let things go.

  4. What happens if you're essentially a C student to begin with? Eeeekk, I'm screwed!