I’m “that mom”. You know, the one who is obsessively perfectionistic about her kids.
They don’t eat junk food – heck, don’t come anywhere near them with GMOs – they’re home schooled, and they don’t watch TV, save the occasional pre approved Netflix shows.
The real cherry on top is their questioning of the dietary habits of adults around us, “Does that ( diet Pepsi ) have sugar? Mommy says that’s not good.”
They, whoever they may be in this particular context, have a name for moms like me, the one accompanied by that obligatory eye roll: Crunchy Mom.
I really can’t stand that name.
Anyways, there was a time, I’ll admit, where I tried to blend in with my fellow American mom. Now I just own it.
I own my natural inclinations, my unique scope of the world, my devotion to seeking God and truth in the mundane and in the exciting; I truly love being extraordinary.
Full Definition of EXTRAORDINARY
a : going beyond what is usual, regular, or customary <extraordinary powers>
b : exceptional to a very marked extent <extraordinary beauty>
“OK,” you’re now thinking. “Ashley is full of Ashley.”
If admitting to being more than ordinary is conceit, I’ll own that too.
I contemplate often the real meaning of what it is to be extraordinary, vs ordinary. After all, how do we define ordinary?
: normal or usual : not unusual, different, or special
: neither very good nor very bad : not very impressive
Full Definition of ORDINARY
: of a kind to be expected in the normal order of events : routine, usual <an ordinary day>
: having or constituting immediate or original jurisdiction; also : belonging to such jurisdiction
a : of common quality, rank, or ability <an ordinary teenager>
What I have learned to possess in the past years’ journey to becoming a woman is the understanding that ordinary is, despite the definition, actually a simple facade; an illusion of conformity we create anew generation after generation to ensure that the existing forms of hierarchy persist.
I don’t imagine it takes much more than a basic understanding of human psychology to run the world. It is said that there are 1,500 newspapers, 1,100 magazines, 9,000 radio stations, 1,500 TV stations and 2,400 publishers all owned by 6 corporations and 272 executives.
It doesn’t take a mastermind of discernment to figure out that a very few create normal, and a great many enforce normal.
What am I getting at?
I am thrilled about being liberated from my cage of normalcy, and it’s OK for my children to know they ARE different from everyone else!
I struggle with a lot of things on a day-to-day basis, and despite what I may try to convey through social media, my life is no glamorous health show.
But so many times people say to me, in regards to health for example, “I don’t want your kids to feel left out,” or, “I wish your kids could eat what everyone else is eating.”
By all means, LEAVE them out! I so badly WANT them to know they aren’t normal.
I want them to know that there aren’t any ‘normal’ people, only caged people waiting for their chance to escape and release the greatness trapped within.
We each have a unique light and mission within us that we are sent here to share. The question is, will you wait for others to grant you permission to share it?
By waiting you chance cheating the world of your irreplaceable contribution.
None of us is purposeless or without greatness. You are a divine creation of the Father; walk with him, that which strengthens you, and do not wait for worldly acceptance to do your work here.