Friday, July 24, 2009

Charmed


Charmed is a unique word. It congers many thoughts of captivation and attraction. I suppose it would be lovely to be thought of as charming. In my eyes, it takes multiple attributes to sincerely be charming. I see myself quite far from that adjective at times. Lately, I have been thinking about all the things necessary for me to feel as though I were headed down the "charming" path. My ideal is somewhere between Martha Stuart and Giada de Laurentiis. You know, the ultimate gardener that can whip up Italian delicacies in her handmade lovely apron and heels, while the baby plays in his starched white frock, with the non-shedding loyal Labrador on the sparkly clean kitchen floor. The laundry is all pressed and tucked away. The house is neatly organized and discreetly labeled so that everything has its place, and is in its place. While this is certainly not a picture of my reality, it is a lovely thought. It is the kind of lovely that graces the cover of some dreamy magazine that attempts to make you feel as though this is attainable. With enough money, hired help, and backstage crew, I suppose it might be possible...at least possible to capture one lovely photograph. While I have come to the realization that this is not the everyday life of most women, it doesn't stop me from wanting it sometimes. That magazine is doing a great job of selling the idea to me!
Is is foolish to want something so superficial? Yes, undoubtedly, but the truth is I don't want something superficial, I want the real deal. I want the whole package with the real smiles and the real joy that is so well personified in each scene. I want that magazine to call me for a cover shoot! I want to be truly charming.
The reality is that true charm comes from within. I equate charm with God's grace. His grace covers all of my unsightly unpleasantries, and graces me with His love, and His charm. Without His grace, I would just be some girl in an apron with a ridiculously dressed baby, trying not to burn the pizza. Most days, I am her. Thankfully, I can go to Him for cover. He knows the desires of my heart, and with his help, maybe I can be a little more like Him, and a lot less like me. The true joys of motherhood and family life will come to the focus....and if I am patient he might throw in a dash of charm now and then.

1 comment:

  1. Leah you touched on something my wife and I struggle with daily as I'm certain many others do as well. Striking a balance is so difficult these days. I find myself adding to my "projects" list items which are meant to simplify our lives! It's never-ending and I'm never at a loss for ideas - just the time to implement them (without completely alienating my family in the process). Heck, I even want to create a database to track where all our rechargeable batteries are! It's easy to focus on the big-ticket items, but I find the small menial day-to-day tasks are what makes our world go round. One of my favorite blogs is lifehacker.com (usually computer-based "life hacks"), and one article tackled laundry and the best method for keeping it under control based on the number of people in your household. Apparently, with five we are supposed to do at least one load a day to stay ahead! Needless to say, we have a few piles here and there. ;) Good luck and keep writing! (I love my moleskin and pin!) I found this entry very charming.

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