Over the summer I was asked if I would be interested in talking in front of a Mother’s of PreSchoolers group (MOPS) sometime over the school year. Of course, I was flattered. And maybe just a little puffed up, thinking about what it would be like to stand in front of 50 or more women and share my years of parental and marital experience. I would no doubt come up with a life-changing talk that would leave my listeners breathless in awe of my amazing insight. However, after a few months went by without a phone call confirming my attendance, my self-esteem became a little deflated. But perhaps letting some hot air out of my head was necessary in order to bring me back to reality – this reality, that regardless of how many years of experience that I think I possess, there will always be someone else with a story more powerful than mine.
So of course, when the phone call did finally come, instead of being flattered, I was humbled.
I confidently told my husband about this opportunity to impact other moms’ lives, the topic: Getting Rid of Unhealthy Expectations.
I was not laughing.
“No really,” he chuckled, “What will you be talking about?”
From pursed lips I replied, “Really. This wasn’t a joke.”
A moment of silence.
“Well,” DW carefully responded, “you certainly do have years of experience holding on to unhealthy holiday expectations.”