OK. So I was a big weenie.
And if we are going to be honest here, as I always try to be at Mrs. Troop. . .
I'm still not so tough.
I know, I know. Eight babies. Nine pregnancies. And maybe I did have five of them without any drugs. But I hated it. Whined, complained (and sometimes screamed) through all of it. The epidural? It's a gift from God. I believe that.
Before the kids came along, I traveled all over the world. To Greece, Italy, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, Russia, Taiwan, Singapore. Shared my testimony with crowds (one time in front of 17,000!). Played the piano in recitals and for judges. Danced ballet and tap.
All of which would terrify the living daylights out of me today. And I guess it did back then, too.
So sometimes I watch my kids in amazement.
They do the most impressive things!
From winning class president, to climbing rock walls and repelling (I did that. Once. Cried the whole way down). To babysitting six younger siblings. Organizing drawers and closets. Cooking entire meals. Having surgery, playing team sports (something I was terrified of), acting in programs and giving speeches. And that's the short list.
I'm so proud of them. All of them.
And today, when I got SIX report cards from school, I cried with gratefulness. All excellent grades. Between six kids, only 4 B's. That's a LOT of A's! They are doing so well.
Truthfully, I don't think I would have made it at their school. With the difficult academics, the high expectations, the leadership that's required, the projects, reports. Not to mention the peer pressure, time away from mom and "cool" kids.
I wasn't a cool kid.
Let's just say, if the Coach had known ME in high school, we wouldn't have hit it off.
But my kids? They must have more of his math-degree, super-smart, good-looking, cool-guy genes than they do of my scaredy-cat, geeky genes.
(they seem to have his THIN genes, too, thank heavens!)
And I'm glad.
Because they are six very awesome, wonderful, SMART and talented kids.
I'm honored to be their mom. Thankful for all of their hard word and perseverance.
And grateful for their amazing teachers who do an incredible job!