Megan is one of the Mums who was a member of our Term 4 2012 Island Bay group. Megan wrote this special poem about her experiences and what led her to Mothers' Network. Thank you for sharing it with us Megan.
Sometimes we gallop down the path
Today we pick flowers on the way
we go slow
We won’t get there very fast, infact we’re gonna be late
Mummy will just have to learn to go
with the flow
Sometimes we want our Mamas close
Cause we need to have a cry
Our burden has got heavy and
we can no longer try
To juggle all the jobs at once
Somethings gotta give
We lose our sleep, we lose our minds
We lose what we’re about
We forget to give ourselves a break
and we need to have it spelled out
That Mummy is important too and
other things can wait
The chores can marinate tonight cause
Mummy needs a break
We long for peace and quiet but
we want our voice heard
And date nights so far have only ended up absurd!
We just want some chocolate or a soppy DVD
or maybe a bath of bubbles and a glass of pinot gris
We learn the lesson that to truly treat ourselves
we need to pay a babysitter and get the hell out of the house
Sometimes we have to raise our voice
Sometimes we need to scream!
We can’t seem to tell our partners what we really need
And they get annoyed with us and want to have some space
Did our friends with kids just not tell us about what parents face?
But sometimes a woman has to do what a woman has to do
She needs to make a plan right now or she will be screwed
To do something she used to do, like going to a gig
or throwing back a wine or beer, or in the garden to dig
It’s ok to be angry or be bitter for a while,
Cause when we’re tired our emotions, they tend to run wild
But taking some time out to breathe, and talking to a friend,
or joining a mothers network group before you go around the bend!
Ruth spent her childhood in Switzerland and her teens in the UK where she completed her Uni degree at Durham University. From there she pursued an Advertising agency career in London and met her husband Andrew over coffee and muffins in the office corridor. She followed Andrew to Sydney for the 2003 Rugby World Cup, and they stayed for seven years. She continued to work in the Advertising industry while living at the beach in Manly. They fell in love with the Antipodean lifestyle and became Australian citizens.
They moved to Auckland for Andrew’s work in 2009 where their first child Isaac was born. As a stay at home mum Ruth discovered what a wonderful place New Zealand is to raise children. Two years later they moved again to Wellington and found themselves in a new town once more and expecting their second child. At this time Ruth had the fortune to discover Mothers Network and joined a group, benefiting from the contact and support this gave her at an otherwise lonely time. Two years later with her baby girl Lois now 18 months old it felt right to get back to working and she was offered the job of her dreams – coordinating groups for Mothers Network.
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