Dear Mother on the Brink


Mom on the brink.

I am right there with you sister. Your days are consumed with juggling all the pieces of your life, never feeling like you are doing any of them well. You are a mother on the brink. 

However, you try, and you smile, sometimes serving breakfast for dinner to make it through the day. You try to keep your cool through the daily surge of emails, each of them needing more of your time. Then the phone rings and a child is sick, or there is a problem at work, and the pieces come tumbling down.

This life you lead with so many people counting on you is no joke. But every day, you wake up and do it again. You always hope the weekend hours will go slower; the vacation week will last longer. You savor the tiny bits left after the workday, the school day, the chauffeuring to and from the endless activities. The sweet spot makes it all worth it, the giggles over a family joke, a shared story, the moment when you all stop and breathe.

It’s okay to say no once in a while.

The tee-ball game will go on without you. Take that sick day when what you are really sick of is the pile of laundry about to topple over on your couch. It’s okay to go off the grid every so often and cancel those obligatory plans and stop the rush for a beat. 

You may feel on the brink, you may feel close to losing it, but you are rocking this life.

They don’t call it the “mother load” for nothing! So keep doing what you are doing and know that you are not alone. We are all right there with you, trying our best to keep it together.

Breathe, mother on the brink, tomorrow is a new day, and you will be alright.

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Shannon has lived in Fairfield County, CT for most of her life and currently lives in Monroe. She has a daughter L (September, 2008) and a son B (May, 2012). Shannon balances being a wife and mom with working 186 days out of the year as a special education teacher. Thank goodness for vacations, summer break, and snow days! You can be sure that she fills those days with as many amazing activities and outings that she can think of to make up for the time that she is at work. In a distant life, way before babies, Shannon was an aspiring actress and musician. You can sometimes still find her leading sing-a-longs with her guitar at the kids’ playgroups or at her daughter’s school.


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