Today, we honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an African American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the American civil rights movement. Although I am familiar with many of Dr. King's great accomplishments, I must admit that I had never read his "I Have a Dream" speech in its entirety until this weekend.
Dr. King's incredibly powerful words moved me to tears.
However, his speech also got me thinking, what are my dreams? What do I hope for, especially as a mother?
After a bit of time this morning, I believe I managed to collect my thoughts on the matter...
I have a dream that one day I will be able to get my hair cut and colored more than twice a year and that personal care appointments will be a part of my normal routine, rather than a reason to shout from the rooftops, “I am getting waxed today!”
I have a dream that one day, at every grocery store I visit, strangers will turn to me and say, “My, your children are so well behaved. How do you do it all and still manage to look so fabulous?” As opposed to, “Huh, it is never easy, is it?”, “What did you do, pinch your baby to make her cry?”, or my favorite, “You look like one tired Mom.”
I have a dream that one day my son will turn to me and say, "Yes, Mama, I would love to use the toliet, instead of my diaper," thereby eliminating the need for my son to wear my daughter's diapers whenever my supply dwindles down to nothing.
I have a dream that my two little children will one day not tear the house apart minutes after I have finished cleaning it and that a floor without crumbled bits of crackers, cookies, and partially eaten food will not seem like a distant memory.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day, when my husband asks me, “How was your day?” my response will be something more than, “The children are still alive and that is enough.”
I have a dream that one day, when I get dressed in the morning, I can do so without an audience or four little hands trying to hold onto me while I put on my underwear.
I have a dream today.
And if I am to become the patient, independent, and fun-loving Mom that I aspire to be, then these things must be true.
So let my freedom ring.