“I have a mental image of a patient mother. She never has to beat back frustration. In my image, that mother doesn’t have to choose patience; she exudes it naturally from every tight, well-toned pore. Since I often have to fight for my patience, I’ve sometimes felt inadequate as a mother. But like the airbrushed thighs of models in Glamour magazine, I’ve come to realize that the smiling image of motherly serenity is unrealistic. Maybe even the most patient of mothers churns inside sometimes.” --A Sane Woman's Guide to Raising a Large Family
Thanks, Mary Ostyn, for summing up the main thing I need to keep first and foremost in my mind as I beat myself up for not being the Momma I want to be every minute of the day.