One day I was taking our eight-year-old daughter and her friend to a party.  As we were driving, they started discussing the variety of jobs their parents held.

My daughter's friend said, "My mom is a teacher, an editor, and a writer.

I replied, "Don't forget one of her jobs is also being a mother!"

Her immediate response was, "Oh, no! My mommy says that's not a job; that's sheer joy".

Those words had a major impact on me.  At that moment, my perception of motherhood changed.  I  had never heard anyone describe motherhood as sheer joy.

In fact, most mothers of young children will readily agree with this sentiment;  If having children is so wonderful, how come the process begins with something called labour?


Published by Noelene Curry