My mother gave me a piece of brilliant advice when I was expecting my first child. She likened me to a jug and explained that from that jug, I’d be expected to pour love, nurturing, teaching and compassion into the little vessel that would be my child. She used this analogy to illustrate that if the jug is empty, there will be nothing to pour into that precious little vessel. Lesson: As a mother, it is vital that I always make sure my own jug is full.
This little lesson has been one I have had to learn and relearn many times. Those days I’ve snapped at the kids, lost patience with their questions, been too tired to play puzzles – those are the days I’ve realised my jug is empty and it’s time for a refill.
What do I do to refill? I paint, I run, I write, I catch up with a friend over a coffee and sometimes I get to do really cool stuff, like this past weekend.
This past Sunday, hubby and I got down and dirty. We behaved badly. It was fun.
Oh, and we took pictures.
We got a babysitter for the day and entered into the first ever in Western Australia, Western Mudd Rush – an 8km obstacle course that included climbing, crawling, sliding, running, jumping, swimming, swinging and lots of mud. Mud that smelled suspiciously like horse manure. And yes, I got lots of it in my mouth. (Bleurgh.)
Without further ado, here are the pics of, without doubt, one of the most fun events I have ever participated in.
People, my jug is officially full.
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