In Real Life

When I pictured myself all grown up, I imagined a beautiful wife (somehow age would completely transform my looks) who was loving and kind. My husband and I would have passionate sex all the time, the excuse of tiredness never creeping in our bed, and when we had a disagreement, we would fight fair.

I saw a mother who laughed and played and performed puppet shows and dress-up frequently. My children displayed evidence of their mother’s discipline, all having exceptional manners and self-control. And when they went astray, my temper did not, and I never yelled or spanked out of anger.

And one day I woke up in real life.

I woke up without makeup many days. Sometimes sleep really did sound better than sex. I didn’t always fight fair and carried more grudges than grace. I yelled at my children, my children who were far crazier than the children in my vision, and I found that I carried many of those traits that in others I hate.

Luckily, God never had to wake up. He knows what real life looks like and was prepared a little better than I.

Linking up with the Gypsy Mama for her 5 Minute Friday. What surprised you most about your real life?


13 thoughts on “In Real Life

  1. Very well said and honestly, I could have wrote this myself. Reality indeed. But….that really is how things are, and sometimes that is ok. I think we all need to slow down a bit, but figuring out how to do that is a real challenge. I am visiting from The gypsymama, and it is good to know I am not alone with these same thoughts. Have a blessed weekend!


    1. I, agree. We need to slow down and realize we can't do it all and focus on those things which really matter. I actually wrote this post from a place of contentment and peace. When I saw the prompt that morning and the idea popped into my mind, I really felt like God was saying that He knew I couldn't do it all–yet He still calls me 'daughter.'


  2. From what I know of you, Jennifer, you're closer to your picture than most anyone I know! I do know what you mean, though.


    1. Thanks, Jason. You interacted with me more when I was pre-kids, though. I've lost quite a few braincells since all three of them came along. 😉


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