My mother in law is so cool.
This last time we were there visiting them, she said to me, 'turning 50 has been good for me'. Since she turned 50, she's let go of some of the expectations that others may have on her (or she may have on herself) & has learned to embrace some of the things that make her unique, rather than apologizing for them.
y'know how when your kids make something with play dough, they'll make a shape & then if they leave it, it dries in that shape & 'sets'. Sometimes i worry that if those silly specialists don't phone me soon about Gage's metatarsus adductus, that his little foot will 'set' & be so much harder to fix... Lots of days, i get out of the shower & before i know it, my hair has dried in some stooooopid way & it's 'set' like that for the rest of the day... (catching my drift here??)
i love that God has given me several older women to watch & learn from who have refused to be 'set'. They've remained teachable ~ even while taking on the responsibility of teaching. They've somehow been able to remain soft & malleable even though they've got so much wisdom & experience upon which so many would be willing to sit down, heave a sigh of relief & claim to have 'arrived'.
i'm thankful for my mother in law today.