The second edition of my monthly feature is now out on World of Moms!
From one XX chromosome to another, younger XX chromosome of the same DNA, this month I explore the topic surrounding a mother’s pearl of wisdom which I would impart to my daughter. Should be easy enough right? After all, a mother would always, always have wisdom to dish out to not only their own daughter(s) but to another person’s daughter(s) and even to the daughters’ mothers as well!
Herein lies my problem – I realized I have none; or nothing wisdomly enough that I feel I am qualified to share. Because, to me, wisdom is a big, big, big word. I’m not there yet…but being more street-smart rather than intellectually-smart, thanks to all the crazies in my life, I think that I’d have more wits about me than wisdom.
In writing the article, I have, willfully created my very own Grubbs ‘n Critters list of “wiTsdom”. Sayings and anecdotal Pearl of WisTdom by Ann. My very own “Annism“(aka Darwinism…Momism...Sayingism. You get my drift). Cool stuff huh! I’m bloody trademarking those terms! Hahahahaaa!
OK. I’ve gone loopy. And I’ve even created a half-assed logo for it that doesn’t really mean anything.
Below is an excerpt of it. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it for World of Moms; although I have a sneaking suspicion that it is not everyone’s cup of tea:
How often have you heard the phrase “Mother Knows Best” and really…deep, deep, deep inside your heart and within every single strand of your veins, you truly, whole-heartedly believe those very words? That YOU, because you are a mother, you just happen to really, really know best?
If you are confidently nodding your head or even ever so slightly tilt your head to one side with some acknowledgement to that sentence, then something must have completely passed by me and flew over my skull.
Because, even as a mother, I don’t quite have all the motherly wisdom I could ever wish for. I really don’t know best. No, not all the time.
In fact, I don’t know any better. Sometimes I THINK I know, but truly, I haven’t got a clue. Sometimes I THINK I’m doing it right, yet I’m so full of doubts if what I did was the right thing to do. Sometimes I pretend I know and really, I am just winging it; trying to survive. And sometimes, I don’t really know what I’m doing; I just make things up along the way. I ought to be hanging my head in shame.
So, yes, I AM a mother, but I don’t always know best. Neither do I feel the right to claim of having all the wisdom just by the virtue of being a mother to 2 kids who have the birth rights of driving me up the wall. And I’m telling you why.
Because, wisdom is a BIG word.
Google defines “wisdom” as the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise. Dictionary.com defines it as someone having a scholarly knowledge or learning
To me, the word implies a state of saint-like zen-ness, complete enlightenment and highly prophetic that would put anyone on the same level of or higher than the Dalai Lama. It’s not something I can quite claim I have plenty of after only being a parent for 5 years. Twenty years down the road, I probably still would not know any better.
Wisdom eludes me and I have none to dish out as it is a whole “big of somethings” I have yet to attain. I’m not there yet. Wits, on the other hand, is different. That I can claim I have.
Defined as mental sharpness and inventiveness by Google and the keen perception and cleverly apt expression of those connections between ideas that awaken amusement and pleasure as defined by dictionary.com, “wits” in its entirety is something I can relate to.
The word fits, as, if there’s anything motherhood has given me, motherhood makes me mentally sharper.I do things that I never thought I would have done before.
And, for all those times when I didn’t know or understood what I was doing, I get to be inventive and creative, resulting in much amusement and pleasures for my kids. A feat, considering how sleep-deprived I have been all the time.
I call that my “WiTsdom”.
Sheer street-smart astuteness – nothing more, nothing less. WiTsdom to live by from one XX chromosome to another. WiTsdom I have imparted to my daughter in the course of time, or will be sharing more with her for when she’s old enough to understand when she starts wearing the many different hats in life: as a friend, a sister, a daughter, a wife and a mother.
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