In case anyone is misled by pictures of smiling children in the most adorable Halloween costumes – but seriously, those are the cutest, right? I have to let you all in on something – our life is not all roses. Whoever (or is it whomever? I never get that right) thought up that phrase forgot, roses have thorns. Today was a particularly thorny day. And, I am not talking a little prick on the finger thorny. I am talking those big huge vines of thorns that sprung up in Sleeping Beauty. Massive – huge – black – ugly – thorns.
Starting over at 42, having already gotten my two oldest children almost to the finish line, I don’t know what I thought it would be like. We never had the traditional get married, buy a house, have babies timeline. When I was a new mom at 25, I was still in college and working. We were broke and struggling. Though I would have loved to have showed up and helped out in my daughter’s class, and gone on field trips and finger-painted in the middle of the day, if Momma didn’t work she didn’t earn any money. She couldn’t ditch school either.