The Wider Angle | Who am I?

Our first edition of The Wider Angle, featuring guest writer, Liz Seymour.  Quite a timely column and I can totally relate!  When I became a stay-at-home-mom, I often struggled with my new identity, wondering if people would know that I actually had a life before my children.  You know, I was a REAL person, commuting back and forth to an office, contributing to the world.  I found it difficult to let go of that identity and accept this new, all-encompassing job, fondly known as MOM.  Of course now, my children (and my husband) ARE my life, and everything else is just icing on the cake! And I can honestly say, I don’t miss the commute. :)

Who Am I?

When Crystal asked if I’d be interested in writing this column, she suggested I write a bio and answer some questions by way of introducing myself. Which I did, because I am an obedient people-pleaser who is much better at following orders than giving them. The bio was very difficult, though. I’m sure this is not a revelation to anyone who has had to write one. How do you sum yourself up in one brief paragraph? More importantly, how do you sum yourself up at all?

I think young mothers in general might struggle with this question the most. Especially those of us who stay at home. I don’t have any other title that offers insight into my talents, other than chauffer, laundress, cook, disciplinarian and nurse. Don’t get me wrong, I value these tasks. I choose to perform these tasks myself every day. But do they paint an accurate picture of who I am?

Likewise, I struggled with the question asking me to cite something interesting about myself. I wonder how many of us struggle with the same thing? Do you think you’re interesting? It’s much easier to hide behind my children and their charming, funny, or impressive actions. Most of us find our children interesting to such a degree that it’s probably annoying to those around us. (My personal blog would be Exhibit A.)

Then again, as older people especially like to remind me, these are passing years that I will never be able to get back. So yes, these days I am a minivan-driving, sweats-wearing, discipline-spouting mom who likes to read, travel, drink wine and cheer for her alma mater. I don’t get to do those things as often as I’d like to right now, but I have the rest of my life for that. Right now it’s time to unload the dishwasher and then read stories and snuggle.

Goodnight!

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Heather Flury - Liz – I love the column and of course know exactly how you are feeling! And after we do all of the children duty during the day, you turn to look for your iPad and they have stolen that from you. Not to mention, they use it better than me!

I can’t wait to read more.

Heather:)

Bridgette Eckerson - Liz and Crystal – love the column and the concept! I know exactly what you’re talking about Liz. When people ask me how I’m doing, I more often than not respond with how my children are doing. Somewhere under the piles of laundry, dirty dishes, and toys is a real person who is also a mom, not just a mom who is also a real person. Maybe if she surfaces from time to time, she can show her kids how to be authentic, too.

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