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Robin: Motherhood–An Invitation to Whimsy

This is not my first time here. This place called motherhood. While carrying one in my belly I was preparing for one to walk a high school graduation stage in a matter of months. Surely, I was well equipped to go through the phases and stages that motherhood holds; it was not that long ago.

But… something was different. A number of things really. I was 20 the first time; this time I was rounding out 37. The first one was a boy, this time I was blessed with a little girl. Possibly the realization that this will be the last time I hold a babe that comes from my body. More so, I recognize that as she grows, I am experiencing these inner tuggings of the girl I used to be but whom I had long ago lost touch with. I feel the emotions about art and beauty and color that she feels with the intensity she seems to feel it. But I had forgotten.

I am midway through year two of CHOOSING to live a more whimsical life. More often than not, we are in the midst of two art projects while preparing to go experience some sort of nature walk or find some new adventure in a library book. I do not know how else my life would have progressed to this particular place other than through my giving myself permission to go here. To REINVENT. To OPEN UP. To BELIEVE THAT whimsy is ageless and timeless. And so I did. And I KNOW, the three of us — yes I do add my oldest back into the equation — are the better for it.

Robin Norgren is a military wife and mother. Her most recent hats include growing as a fiber artist and placing her toes in the home-school water through integrating children’s literature with creativity. She is mom to 2 and step-mom to 1, ages 21, 17, and 4. She has been married 7 years to a guy who loves serving in the military (Navy) and is determined to take his family on his adventures whenever possible. The family currently reside in Ramstein, Germany. Learn more at Robin’s etsy shop and Robin’s personal blog.

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  1. Welcome to Studio Mothers, Robin!

    I love the framework of bringing more whimsy into your life. It speaks to being lighter, more joyful, more able to roll with the unexpected — which can often result in beautiful surprises (as opposed to digging your heels in with resistance).

    It might sound silly, but I’ve been trying to live as if I believe in fairies. Now, I don’t *actually* believe in fairies, but the world would be a nicer place if there WERE fairies hiding in the backyard — and I love the magic of something like creating a little fairy house in the woods (http://www.fairyhouses.com/whats_special.html). So for me, fairies have become a symbol of the thing that you describe in your post — living with a bit of whimsy — and remind me to be open to the magic, whatever form it might take.

    March 3, 2010
  2. I love the idea of taking on a symbol for whimsy i.e. fairies! I have seen some of the trailers for “Alice in Wonderland” which came to mind as I was reading your comment. Needless to say, I am VERY EXCITED for that movie to come out and hope it sparks all sorts of whimsy!

    March 3, 2010
  3. welcome robin! whimsy is a wonderful thing! my gang and i try to live that way daily, and it’s fairly easily carried out living in a sky blue house that has green doors and pink porch ceilings.

    miranda, we do believe in fairies at our house and have three fairy doors scattered throughout our house. the magic they bring to our crazy scattered lives is evident in the girls’ faces when they find a little “gift” the fairies have left them, and then leave gifts in return. we often smell cinnamon (a sure sign that fairies have been nearby) and for some strange reason, Tink (our cat named for Tinkerbell), tends to hang out right in front of the fairy door nearest our girls room and I’ve seen her pawing at the door. may be something to that! and no, i’m not crazy…really, i’m not. 🙂

    March 3, 2010
  4. i can relate to your 2 stages family, and your sense of whimsy. love that as we get oder, we can more easily see what fun really can be.

    March 3, 2010
  5. Kelly, I must see a pic of your house! And I might need to steal a little piece of the fairy ritual-that sounds lovely….

    And Cath, that is absolutely true. I mourn a little this morning because my oldest turns 21 today and I did not figure this out until he was already in school-but he did get to experience a portion of it and I am DETERMINED not to make the same mistake twice.

    March 4, 2010
  6. Robin, I relate all too well to recognizing the “mistakes” that one made with the older child(ren) and trying to do things differently with the younger set.

    On the one hand, there’s a gift in being able to do things better — but on the other hand, it makes me remorseful and melancholy to accept that I don’t get a “redo” with the older ones. I have to live with what look like mistakes, in hindsight.

    March 4, 2010
  7. ah, but miranda, you don’t have to live with the mistakes…you and hopefully your older children can discuss doing things differently from now on and how it’s better and that you were able to grow together through the experiences you shared.

    March 4, 2010

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