by Esther Feng
I love my doctor. Sometimes going into the office is like a little breath of fresh air in my day. (Maybe I need to get out more!)
At my routine visit last week, she had me laughing so hard I was crying with wonderful stories of her little ones. But I couldn’t help but notice a hint of frustration in her voice.
“I don’t even bother folding laundry when they are around. They just love running through the piles of clean clothes. Why bother?!”
I could sympathize. In the midst of mothering, it often doesn’t seem like we’re making much of a difference. Clean socks come out of the dryer only to be returned to the laundry basket, gray from the dust bunnies we neglected to sweep up. A deeply spiritual conversation ends with the kids giggling over a joke with “poopie” in it. Your best efforts at teaching your children about the generosity found in filling a shoebox for kids in another country leads to tears over not being able to keep the toys.
Not exactly what you imagined.
And you can’t help but wonder, “Am I even making a difference?”
The answer to that is a resounding “Yes!” You are making a better world! Whether it’s through your kids, in your volunteer or occupational work or just by being a friend to another mom, you are making a better world.