Sunday, June 10, 2012

Will the Real WhoaMamma Please Stand Up...

There is a scene from Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' where Absolom the pipe-smoking caterpillar turns to the bewildered Alice and asks:

"Whoooooooooooooooooo .... are youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu...?"

Alice, in a state of confusion, replies:

"I knew who I was this morning, but I've changed several times since then."

Ah Alice, I know the feeling.

Sometimes I feel like I am a thousand souls leading a thousand lives.

Nothing and everything.

The product of hundreds and thousands of years of love-making from my ancestors. Their DNA weaving a tapestry in my veins. All these people in my blood-line came together and now... I am Here.

I am as ancient as the ruins in Athens yet I'm just beginning.

I am Mummy. A beacon and an example to my girls.

I am Agapi, the Wife. My love unconditional and my support unwavering.

I am Big Sister Jess who parents and guides my sweet, precious siblings.

A Daughter and Granddaughter of migrants who will carry on the legacies and family traditions.

A friend for Life.

A smile to let you know you make me happy.

A shoulder to cry on.

A hug of gratitude.

The first lips to kiss you good morning, the last lips to kiss you goodnight.

The girl who wants to dig for treasure.

The woman dressed in black that wants to paint the town (and her shoes, lips and nails) red.

I am equal parts kick-ass and demure.

I am a little bit o' this:

With a dash of this:

and, maybe, just a hint of this:

I want to glisten, yet I hide.

I like quiet yet I want to scream.

I'd like to laze in a hammock and sprint up a mountain.

I love to sing but close my mouth if there's an audience.

I am the People Pleaser and the Do-Gooder.

I Make Things Happen.

I am undying in my loyalty and my love has no bounds.

I am lazy like a cat but can be fierce as a lion.

Romantic daydreamer.

Kinky vixen.

Beware of the Quiet Ones.

I want to go crazy and dance.

I long for adventure but want to take them alone.

I'd offer you anything I have if you need it more.

I am a cherry in a bowl of bananas.

I'm a Keeper of Secrets and a bearer of Truths.

I come alive when inspired.

Sometimes my Spirit feels too grand for my body.

I'm the licker of cake-bowls and picker of flowers.


I will stare at rainbows till they disappear like ghosts in the golden sky.

I am a journey and I'm enjoying the ride.

Who are You?

I am linking up with my blog-crush Edenland as part of her Fresh Horses Brigade. Giddy-up!

Edenland's Fresh Horses Brigade


kirri @ Happy Mums At Home said...

Oh Jess. You need to write more - if only so that we can read more of you! I love the many layers of Jess and want to learn more. I adore the way you are so open and show passion and love for each and all of us on your FB page and yet, I recognize that a lot of that fierceness comes from a fountain of quiet.
You're just freakin beautiful x

Janine Fitzpatrick said...

Great post celebrating the complexity of being a human being.

Kirsty @ My Home Truths said...

Wow, awesome post! Honest, compelling, searing, complex. I hope you keep finding those rainbows!

rah said...

Love your words in this Jess!
I've spent two days trying to work out how to write a post about who I am, still struggling to sing a sentence the complexity and simplicity of your words, such a great mix :)

Deb @ Bright and Precious said...

Jess! I love your gorgeous words! You have a amazing talent for expressing yourself. You beautiful heart is summed up in this: "I'd offer you anything I have if you need it more". Lots of love to you xx

Twitchy said...

I really enjoyed this. I love your perspective on yourself and the Alice references & pics. Reading this on the phone and shrieked with laughter when I scrolled down to Joan Crawford with an axe. First time here but I need to return, you cherry in a bowl of bananas!

Veronica @ Mixed Gems said...

I'm one of the quiet ones too, coming alive when I'm inspired. I can relate to so many more of your descriptions. So many.

Your post, amongst many others I've now read, has reminded me how multi-faceted we all area. Fascinating and unique individuals. We can be contradictory, enigmas. We are a combination of our values, beliefs, skills and gifts and play a multitude of roles. The challenge is to never allow ourselves to be boxed in, by others or our own fears!

sarah br said...

so so well written! I understand every word! great post Jess x

Cheryl Irwin said...

Lovely, just hopping around on the links from Edenland!

Alex aka WHOA MUMMA! said...

I am exactly the same but you say it so much better than I ever could. xx

Carli (Tiny Savages) said...

I just loved this. My spirit sometimes feels too big for my body too x

Cam @ notunimportant said...

What a great post, Jess. So well written. Strikingly simple, and yet complex enough to reveal things about you. Transcends being a list of facets and juxtapositions.

Can you tell I'm a bit jealous?

joeh said...

I was liking you until the third picture...visions of my ex-wife..whooo shiver up my spine.

Catherine Rodie Blagg (Cup of Tea and a Blog) said...

Loved reading this post.

Grace said...

"I am a cherry in a bowl of bananas..." - I soooooo love that and can see how that is soooooo you!!!
You're so gorgeous! You're one of those bloggy friends of mine who always makes me feel so comforted and special.
Thank you for sharing some of who you are with us x

Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky said...

Who am I, indeed? I wish I knew. Sometimes I look at myself in the mirror - actually LOOK, you know? - and I get freaked out by what I see. I can't really put my finger on it. Sometimes it's how much older I look on the outside, and sometimes it's how I can still see 15 year old me in my eyes.

Mumdeep said...

I love to sing but close my mouth if there is an audience - BRILLIANT!! What a great post!

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