One day, I was at the tail end of an MS flair and I wasn’t able to do everything for my children that I used to do. I had always planned and prepared wonderful activities for my kids. Of course, they did their work around the house, they earned their money, the older kids paid for their own car-insurance. They were becoming responsible, contributing members of society, but I had been able to celebrate life with them! We were so happy!
I was in the kitchen, slowly cooking dinner, trying to hide the tears of mourning in my eyes, when my daughter noticed and asked, “What’s wrong, Mom?” I told her I was feeling sad because I couldn’t do everything that I used to be able to do.
“My greatest sadness,” I told her, “is that I won’t be able to make you happy.”
“But Mom,” Jaimi said, “I am happy.”
It was an “AH-HA Moment!” It came to me that I’m not responsible for my children’s happiness, anyone’s happiness for that matter! We all create our own reality!
PS. This is Jaimi in 2001 and then again graduating high school in 2010.