I just read this post about Fake Families over at Jen Hatmaker's blog today and wow...it really hit home. Maybe some of you don't have this issue. You might live in the world of reality and not worry about what others think. But for this girl (and I suspect many of us) we live in the real world, but torment ourselves with Fake Families in our heads.
So what does my fake family look like? In my fake family, I'm up before dawn to read my 15 Bible chapters and pray for an hour. I spend my day providing soul- and spirit-nourishing activities for my toddler, preparing organic, locally sourced meals and the TV and computer are rarely on. My pantry contains only whole, all-natural foods and there's never a harsh word spoken. Basically, we float through life with smiles on our faces and have it all together.
We've all done it, whispered it to ourselves in the dark: "I"ll be happy when..." Here's the challenge. No More. I don't want to wait for the Fake Family to manifest and end up missing all these moments of joy in between, all the moments of laughter and smiles and songs sung off-key. All the dinners shared on the living room floor or in the car, all the movie nights and imperfect holidays. That's my real life. And I don't want to miss a second of it waiting for Someday.