Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mommyhood and Creativity

(Originally Published on May 5, 2010 at Suburban Housewife Uprising)

Have you seen this? If not, please take a moment to do so. I agree with this video whole-heartedly..and it has definitely changed my view of myself.

I'm a mother. It was my choice, my dream, and my goal. I've always wanted to be a mommy. When I entered the workforce after college, I just couldn't find my groove. I took no pride in the filing and data entry jobs that came my way. (Looking back, I realize it's because there was no creativity involved...just drone work. If I had been doing something like working in a craft based shop, the story might have been really different!)

Now that I'm a Mom,'s so easy to get overwhelmed. I think that's why I started to craft. Playdates and kid-approved dinners can only get you through so much. I needed to create something that couldn't be eaten, torn apart or smashed. Something that would beautify my surroundings...and the fact that I could now make gifts for only a few dollars, instead of a few tens, didn't hurt either!

I craft for other reasons, too. There's something very soothing about hiding out in my craft room and sewing yards and yards of straight seams for a quilt, while I listen to the kids play (or fight?) downstairs. I need that escape coupled with a sense of accomplishment sometimes!

Sometimes, there are other distractions. Last Friday, a good friend and I ditched our kids and homes for the day and took off for an amusement park. All. day. long. We spent ten hours riding roller coasters, eating burgers, screaming and laughing. It was absolutely amazing - by the end of the day we were holding each other up and acting like (rather tired) high schoolers again. Good times, my friends.

So what do you do? I think all women are creative, to some extent. Some of us sew, some crochet, some paint, some just make a mean PB&J. What do you do to unwind and add to the world?


Catherine Hansen Peart said...

It wouldn't be right if I didn't put my two bits in! I love creating so many things - love sewing, love baking, just love making but what warms my heart the absolute most is moments like yesterday when another expat friend says to me that the fondest memories she will take away from Uruguay are the times she spent in our home and how it feels more like her home than her own house. Wow. That makes me feel so good that I can make my home feel that comfortable and welcoming for someone else.

My Ice Cream Diary said...

"I needed to create something that couldn't be eaten, torn apart or smashed. Something that would beautify my surroundings."

All I can say is, "amen."

And a great big thank you for being silly with me that special day.