I am thankful that I had a mom who ran. When I think back on my childhood, I can see her out running in her little adidas in the days before sports bras, running skirts or compression socks. She was my first role model and taught me what it was to be stay in shape and that it was important she had her time too. Being my mom didn’t mean she wasn’t Etsuko, too.
Running gave her an outlet to work out the days worries through sweat and exhaling. She also liked the solo time, no demands except what she placed on herself. The feeling of achievement by completing at least one goal that day.
There are many days when I want to go back to a summer Okinawan day and tell her, “Thank you for everything.” Does everything cover it?
Yes, I guess everything will do. Thanks Mom, I miss you
By Jannine Myers
Taking a Little Time out on Mothers Day
A couple of years ago I remember setting out on an early morning run and being startled by a car that accidentally hit the curb just ahead of me. I was startled obviously by the car being so close to me, but I was further surprised when the left rear hubcap flew off the wheel, and the driver, completely oblivious to what had just happened, continued driving his car without stopping to collect the runaway hubcap.
Sometimes I think we mothers are so busy multi-tasking each day, trying hard to check off as many tasks on a “to do” list that never seems to shorten, that in the process we unknowingly lose a “part” of ourselves. Only the kind of “parts” we lose are intangible things that contribute towards our overall well-being; such things as rest, a healthy diet, regular exercise, and spontaneous or scheduled moments of fun and laughter.
Like the driver who was able to continue driving his car without a hubcap, we are also capable of getting things done when we’re overtired and run-down, but we’d function so much better if we stopped to do a “parts” check every once in a while.
Take today to sit back and enjoy what Mother’s day is all about – be selfish for a change and spend the day doing whatever it is that you want to do.
Wishing you all a restful and happy mother’s day!