I don’t know about you, but motherhood isn’t exactly what I envisioned it to be. Growing up, I thought I had it all figured out. I was always good with kids, getting them to comply and do what I wanted them to do. As a teacher, I was able to motive my students and encourage them to great heights. I thought I had this parenting thing in the bag.
Boy was I wrong.
Motherhood is messy. Very messy.
Sarah Parshall Perry get that. Her book Sand in My Sandwich is an encouraging and entertaining read on embracing the messiness of motherhood. Two of Perry’s children have autism, and though I can’t say I have those specific struggles, she brings home some great advice with humor and humility.
This book is a great read for any mom – because we’ve all had those moments where we can either embrace the mess of life or check ourselves into the nut house. Perry let’s us know that we’re not alone.
You know that thing when you’re in Walmart at noon before you discover you haven’t brushed your teeth? Sarah Parshall Perry gets that. She also gets weird things showing up in her bed, her daughter requesting war paint, and her son crawling into a giant blue sock on Christmas morning. Sometimes, she gets that conflicted feeling of finding her kids hanging out in the dog’s cage and realizing that, yes, dog cages are not for people, but . . . they have stopped getting into trouble.
According to Perry, “The hardest stuff is the quickest way to God.” And if the systematic destruction of her carefully planned life is any indication, she’s on the fast track to sainthood! A mother of three children, two of whom are on the autism spectrum, she has experienced plenty of ups and downs. But from the chaos of her “ordinary” life, she pulls truth packed with humor, poignancy, and a naked honesty that will make you realize you are not alone in this delightfully messy thing called motherhood.
So sit back, relax awhile, and get ready to laugh.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.