It was a typical Monday morning of running errands. The first task on my long list- the supermarket, was done. The next on the list- Target, Costco, returns at Party City, AC Moore, and searching for new winter coats for the kids. The day was just starting and I was already sweating and exhausted sitting in the front seat of my car. I was grateful that I had only one last thing on my annoying long list.
I started my search in the kids department, and somehow I was pulled to the women’s department. The temptation to buy was high and powerful, although I convinced myself I would only look at the latest trends. My eyes wandered through the pretty tops and fancy dresses. I realized I would not want to spend money on clothing that might only be worn in my home folding laundry or rinsing baby bottles .
Suddenly, a gorgeous lavender sequined dress placed me in the midst of a chic restaurant- surrounded by friends and pop music while sipping a pink martini. I snapped myself back to my reality and walked away from the sequined temptation.
Then, my eyes widened mesmerized by a pair of unique earrings. They glowed in silver with multicolored stones, shaped as the head of a horse.This time, I couldn’t walk away.
I turned them around to the tiny white price tag and it was marked as $12. It costs me $12 to buy a box of baby wipes. I considered using paper towels as wipes for a week, just so I can feel guilt free buying these earrings. I reassured myself as I stood at the register that they could be returned, if I felt silly wearing them in the privacy of my home.
Where will I wear these horse earrings? The supermarket, doctor visits, maybe target. It didn’t matter, they were already in a cute grey bag in my car. Why did $12 horse earrings intrigue me so much? I usually come home from shopping with diapers, cleaning supplies, and cooking ingredients. Was I so pathetic that I got so much excitement from a pair of earrings?
That night I waited for a quiet moment to try on my new earrings. Finally,the house was silent and all kids were asleep. I examined myself in the mirror, while taking off my simple everyday earrings and carefully replaced them with the new horse earrings. It didn’t bother me that my hair was a mess and I had dark circles under my eyes. The earrings looked gorgeous! I stood shocked and happy that a pair of earrings could transform me so quickly. Then, I changed into my orange dress and black pumps as I dreamed of where to go?
Why did I connect to these earrings?
I started my google search on horses to attempt to find an answer. In a few minutes I learned a lot about horses and how they are unique animals.
-They travel high in mountains for human discovery.
-They are the animal of choice to stand in the front lines of wars, fierce and fearless.
-They each have individual qualities, the white horse- symbolizes a hero, the black- power, the chestnut- devotion, the golden- affection, and the grey- wisdom.
It was clear to me, why I connected with these horse earrings? Another creature shares the same qualities, a Mommy!
Mommy- you are a hero standing in the front lines for your children always fierce and fearless. You are a hero, powerful, devoted, affectionate, and wise!
Mommy- just remember, you are allowed to run free and wild or even buy a new pair of earrings.
Wishing you all the luck of a horseshoe in the journey of being a Mommy.