Friday, April 3, 2009

Poise--no, not the underpants

This week's Illustration Friday theme is poised. First, I read some definitions of the word. I've deleted any of the many of which featured adult diapers.

1. a state of balance or equilibrium, as from equality or equal distribution of weight; equipoise.
2. a dignified, self-confident manner or bearing; composure; self-possession: to show poise in company.
3. steadiness; stability: intellectual poise.
4. suspense or wavering, as between rest and motion or two phases of motion: the poise of the tides.
5. the way of being poised, held, or carried.
6. the state or position of hovering: the poise of a bird in the air.
–verb (used with object)
7. to adjust, hold, or carry in equilibrium; balance evenly.
8. to hold supported or raised, as in position for casting, using, etc.: to poise a spear.
9. to hold or carry in a particular manner: She walked, carefully poising a water jug on her head.
10. Obsolete. to weigh
(From Dictionary. Com)

And from there I came up with this:

Because sometimes you think you've got your life all planned: pursing the Career, racking up the degrees, doing further training, specializing, collecting accomplishments.

And then Life takes a big old u-turn and you're a stay-at-home mum, picking up toys, dishing out dinner, correcting math problems and potty training--sometimes even at the same time. And, in my book, that takes a lot of poise.

So hats off to all you mums out there. May your dinner be delicious, your explanation of fractions be clear, your laundry be folded and may you still have a few moments each day to remember and celebrate your "pre-children" life and skills.

1 comment:

Chantelle said...

Oh I LOVE this drawing!! Adorable! You should do more every day life images like that. I love it! (especially the varied skin tones & fuzzy slippers!) :)