A New Reality Now – Poem

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Welcome to the January 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: The More Things Stay the Same

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have talked about the continuity and constancy in their lives. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.

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Precious momentsThe more things change,
The more they stay the same,
it’s the same ol’ story
but it’s a whole new game.

Ever present, always there
From the moment of my birth,
So wrong, so sad,
we too soon returned you to the earth

I say the words,
but they don’t feel
like they could possibly,
at all be real.

The rain still falls,
the world goes on
How can it be?
It feels all wrong.

Now who will be there,
to answer my call?
To feel so intensely,
when I’m hitting the wall?

They warn us,
when mothers we become
that our hearts will now forever
outside our bodies run

Our babies will be carried
More than our prayers can know
Our arms will ever stretch
no matter where our children go

Now whose heart will carry me?
Whose prayer will be my wings?
Whose arm will be my shelter?
No answer comes for any of these things.

I guess little has really changed
in the simple day to day,
But everything is different,
now that you’ve gone away

 

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Carnival of Natural Parenting -- Hobo Mama and Code Name: MamaVisit Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama to find out how you can participate in the next Carnival of Natural Parenting!

Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

(This list will be updated by afternoon January 14 with all the carnival links.)

  • The making of an artist — Some kids take longer than others to come into themselves, so you have to stick with them, as a parent, long after everyone else has given up, writes Douglas at Friendly Encounters.
  • Not Losing Yourself as a First Time Mom — Katie at All Natural Katie continues to stay true to herself after becoming a new mom.
  • Using Continuity to Help Change {Carnival of Natural Parenting} — Meegs from A New Day talks about how she is using continuity in certain areas of her life to help promote change and growth in others.
  • Staying the Same : Security — Life changes all the time with growing children but Mother Goutte realised that there are other ways to ‘stay the same’ and feel secure, maybe a bit too much so!
  • Harmony is What I’m AfterTribal Mama gushes about how constant change is really staying the same and staying the same brings powerful change.
  • A Primal Need For Order and Predictability – And How I Let That Go — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares how she overcame her primal need for order and predictability once her awareness shifted, opening her eyes to the impact this had on her young daughter. Take a short journey with Jennifer and she bares her soul, exposes her weaknesses and celebrates her new outlook and approach to living life, even in the face of total chaos.
  • Breastfeeding Before and After — Breastfeeding has come and gone, but Issa Waters at LoveLiveGrow finds that her relationship with her son is still just the same and just as good.
  • A Real Job — Back in high school That Mama Gretchen had a simple, but worthwhile career aspiration and today she is living her dream … is it what you think?
  • Comfortingsustainablemum never thought she would want things always being the same, but she explains why it is exactly what her family wants and needs.
  • The Other Mums’ and The Great IllusionMarija Smits reflects on the ‘great big magic show of life’ and wonders if it will continue to remain a constant in our lives.
  • Unschooling: Learning doesn’t change when a child turns four — Charlotte at Winegums & Watermelons talks about the pressure of home education when everyone else’s children are starting school.
  • Finding Priorities in Changing Environments — Moving from Maine to a rural Alaskan island for her husband’s military service, Amy at Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work found that keeping consistent with her priorities in changing environments can take some work, but is vital to continuous health and happiness.
  • Keeping it “Normal” — Kellie at Our Mindful Life has moved several times in the last two years, while doing her best to keep things stable for her kids.
  • The Evolution Of Our Homeschool Journey — Angela at Earth Mama’s World reflects on her homeschooling journey. Homeschooling is a constant in the life of her family but the way in which they learn has been an evolution.
  • Sneaking in Snuggles: Using Nurturing Touch with Older Children — When Dionna at Code Name: Mama’s son was a toddler and preschooler, he was the most loving, affectionate kiddo ever. But during the course of his 5th year, he drastically reduced how often he showed affection. Dionna shares how she is mindfully nurturing moments of affection with her son.
  • Steady State — Zoie at TouchstoneZ writes a letter to her partner about his constancy through the rough sailing of parenting.
  • A Love You Can Depend On — Over at True Confessions of a Real Mommy, Jennifer has a sweet little poem reminding us where unconditional love really lies, so it can remain a constant for us and our children.
  • Same S#!*, Different Day — Struggling against the medical current can certainly get exhausting, especially as the hunt for answers drags on like it has for Jorje of Momma Jorje.
  • New Year, Still Me — Mommy Bee at Little Green Giraffe writes about how a year of change helped her rediscover something inside herself that had been the same all along.
  • One Little Word for 2014 — Christy at Eco Journey In The Burbs has decided to focus on making things this year, which is what she is loves, as long as she doesn’t kill herself in the process.
  • The Beauty of Using Montessori Principles of Freedom and Consistency — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares the continuity of her teaching, parenting, and grandparenting philosophy using a combination of freedom and consistency.
  • My Husband’s MiniCrunchy Con Mom shares which of her sons looks more like her husband’s baby pictures — and the answer might surprise you!
  • Growth Happens When You Aren’t Looking — Lori at TEACH through Love is treasuring these fleeting moments of her daughter’s early adolescence by embracing the NOW.
  • A New Reality Now – Poem — As Luschka from Diary of a First Child struggles to come to terms with the loss of her mother, she shares a simple poem, at a loss for more words to say.
  • Making a family bedroom — Lauren at Hobo Mama has decided to be intentional about her family’s default cosleeping arrangements and find a way to keep everyone comfortable.
  • New Year, Same Constants — Ana at Panda & Ananaso takes a look at some of the things that will stay the same this year as a myriad of other changes come.
  • I Support You: Breastfeeding and Society — Despite how many strides we’ve taken to promote “breast is best,” Amy at Natural Parents Network talks about how far we still have to go to normalize breastfeeding in our society.

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30 thoughts on “A New Reality Now – Poem

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  3. That was beautiful. I am very sorry for your loss. I had a conversation with my mother the other day about death and parents dying.. It was very sobering. Love to you and your family during this time (and always, of course!).

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  4. So much love to you. I’ve often thought about what I will do once my mom is gone – she is always the first (and often only) person I call with anything. She means the world to me.
    Dionna @ Code Name: Mama’s last blog post ..Sneaking in Snuggles: Using Nurturing Touch with Older Children

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    Luschka Reply:

    I know what you mean, Dionna! My mom and I had a weird relationship, but she was my mom and we loved each other. Now there’s just an empty space.

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  5. How beautiful and moving, all at the same time. Losing a parent is terrible – my heart goes out to you.

    Thank you for sharing your sorrow in such a beautiful and accessible way.
    Marija Smits’s last blog post ..‘The Other Mums’ and The Great Illusion

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    Luschka Reply:

    Thank you Marija. What a journey it’s been.

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  6. Luschka, Thank you for opening your heart to us. Sending you much love and peace as you grieve your loss. Warmly, Lori

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    Luschka Reply:

    Thank you Lori, we accept all those at the moment xx

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  7. Nadja

    Oh Luschka, that’s so beautiful… and so raw… I have no idea what I would do without my mum… Sending you such massive, massive hugs xxx

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  8. Lauren @ Hobo Mama

    Oh, Luschka, I’m crying for you right now. So sorry for your loss, and sending warm hugs. Thanks for sharing your beautiful poem and that lovely photo.
    Lauren @ Hobo Mama’s last blog post ..The dance of responsiveness

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    Luschka Reply:

    Thank you Lauren. For everything.

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