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  1. #1

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    Mar 2007

    Default Invisible Mum

    Invisible Mother.....

    It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way
    one of the kids will walk into the room while I'm on the phone and ask to be
    taken to the store. Inside I'm thinking, 'Can't you see I'm on the phone?'
    Obviously not; no one can see if I'm on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping
    the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because no one can see
    me at all. I'm invisible. The invisible Mom. Some days I am only a pair
    of hands, nothing more: Can you fix this ? Can you tie this? Can you open

    Some days I'm not a pair of hands; I'm not even a human being. I'm a clock
    to ask, 'What time is it?' I'm a satellite guide to answer, 'What number is
    the Disney Channel?' I'm a car to order, 'Right around 5:30, please.'

    I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes
    that studied history and the mind that graduated summa cum laude - but now
    they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again. She's
    going, she's going, she's gone!?

    One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a
    friend from England . Janice had just gotten back from a fabulous trip,
    and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was sitting
    there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard
    not to compare and feel sorry for myself. I was feeling pretty pathetic,
    when Janice turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package, and said, 'I
    brought you this.' It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe .. I
    wasn't exactly sure why she'd given it to me until I read her inscription:
    'To Charlotte , with admiration for the greatness of what you are building
    when no one sees.'

    In the days ahead I would read - no, devour - the book. And I would
    discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I
    could pattern my work: No one can say who built the great cathedrals - we
    have no record of their names. These builders gave their whole lives for a
    work they would never see finished. They made great sacrifices and expected
    no credit. The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the
    eyes of God saw everything.

    A legendary story in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the
    cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird
    on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, 'Why are you
    spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by
    the roof, No one will ever see it. And the workman replied, 'Because God

    I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was almost
    as if I heard God whispering to me, 'I see you, Charlotte. I see the
    sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does. No act of
    kindness you've done, no sequin you've sewn on, no cupcake you've baked, is
    too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great
    cathedral, but you can't see right now what it will become.

    At times, my invisibility feels like an affliction. But it is not a
    disease that is erasing my life. It is the cure for the disease of my own
    self-centeredness. It is the antidote to my strong, stubborn pride.

    I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one
    of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to
    work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book
    went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime
    because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.

    When I really think about it, I don't want my son to tell the friend he's
    bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, 'My Mom gets up at 4 in the
    morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for three
    hours and presses all the linens for the table.' That would mean I'd built
    a shrine or a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home.
    And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, to add, 'You're
    gonna love it there.'
    As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we're
    doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will
    marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been
    added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible women.

    Great Job, MUM!

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Ever so slowly going crazy...


    Oh wow....

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Off with the fairies


    Thanks SJ for posting that, it's wonderfully inspiring

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    thats beatuiful !!

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Sydney NSW


    That is beautiful.

  6. #6

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    Dec 2006
    Caboolture QLD


    I needed that so much right now!!!!

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    Thank you for posting that, it brought a tear to my eye, something I needed too!

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Bris Vegas


    Thankyou I needed that too..

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Over the rainbow


    Thank you - that hit the spot, brought tears to my eyes.

  10. #10

    Join Date
    Dec 2007


    Thank you Just like the rest of us, I needed that too

  11. #11

    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Central Coast NSW


    omg that is just so beautiful

  12. #12

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    Dec 2007
    Kalgoorlie, WA


    Thanks for posting that, Sara. It's beautiful.

    (And congrats on your BFP!!!!!!!!)
    Last edited by Helly; March 27th, 2008 at 10:45 AM. Reason: durrr....

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