Do we all think that our moms can do everything, or is it just me? Mine can cook, bake, sew, paint, knit, move heavy furniture, laugh till the tears roll, work a full-time or a part-time job, raise kids, make a home, get two completely different degrees, wash a car and do her own taxes. That’s just the start of it. She also professes to have eyes in the back of her head, and is so convincing that some young boys believe her.
How did one person learn to do all of these things in the space of half a lifetime, while I can barely sew on a button and have trouble using a rolling pin, not to mention my aversion for invoices and organisation?
I guess we can all just try to live up to our mothers, and hope that some day we can do half the things they do with such ease. I am not grateful enough most of the time, but when I stop to think about it, my mom is really a superwoman and my life would be quite a shambles without her periodic spring cleaning, food-dropping-off, kitchen-explaining antics.
It’s weird to be so different from a mother who is an extrovert and loves to be around people, when all I ever want to do is sit in a corner with my book or a pillow. I was trying to explain to mom the other day about introverts and extroverts. I used to think that introverts were just shy people and extroverts were just rambunctious and outgoing. Turns out, that’s not accurate.
An introvert is actually just someone who gets their energy from solitude and quiet time. An extrovert recharges by being around other people. So while a group of people drains me of all energy and good humour, that is the perfect setting for mom to sparkle with energy and happiness. No matter what my intentions, I don’t like visiting people, or going out in large groups. I’d rather have tea with one or two close friends, or just sit on the couch with my sister as we rant at the reality tv stars that flood the media.
How do we find a balance in a family mixed with both introverts and extroverts? That’s something I’m still trying to figure out. I’m sure mom already has the answer though.