Friday, August 04, 2006

Sunday Scribblings 19: Who Else Might I Have Been?

"There but for the grace of God." Those are the first words that pop into my head when I read this week's Sunday Scribblings prompt.

I might have been a lot of things. In my history, I've thought of being many things...

A teacher
A nurse
A doctor
An attorney
An advocate
A counselor
A singer
A writer
A minister

Sometimes the timing wasn't right. Sometimes my interests changed.

For whatever reason, I'm none of those things. Not according to my business card, anyway.

But let's look at the glass half-full. I have children. Despite the aggravation, tears and trials that come with motherhood, I'm happy to say that I have good children. They're bright, witty, loving and loyal most of the time. When it counts, they're there for each other. I'm proud of them.

Because of them, I've been a teacher, a nurse, a doctor, an advocate, an attorney, a counselor, a singer, a writer and a minister. I shouldn't need to explain this rationale. Anyone who is a parent, or who has parents, can understand. I've achieved great things, being a parent.

I don't spend a lot of time concerning myself with what might have been. There's a reason that "coulda, woulda, shoulda" all end in "duh."


  1. Excellent post! I like the comment about shoulda etc. ending in duh!

  2. Lovely post! Yes, in a way you have become all those things, when it really mattered!

  3. duh ! - that made me laugh !!
    great post

  4. I like your list and reading about how motherhood has caused you to be many things. I also like the "duh!" realization at the end. You make parenthood sound a little bit difficult, but definately worth it!

  5. I really like your list! And yes, as a parent you end up doing a little bit of everything under the sun. It's great experience :)

    Great post!

  6. Great, great, great!! Let's hear it for the parents of this world. yay!

  7. I LOVE how you have been able to be all those things, simply through being a mother. Wow. Thankyou so much!


  8. Great writing...easy to identify with...Moms do all that and more.

  9. Parent! The all-inclusive job description. Bravo on a truly great post Erica.

  10. I absolutely love your comment about woulda, shoulda. I dwell on that stuff at times. For what? To torture myself? People should only look forward to the future.