Words you will never hear: “It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Supermom!”
How do I know you’ll never hear them? Because there’s no such person!
I know because I’ve met many women over the years. Home schooling moms. Christian moms. Non-Christian moms. Working moms. Stay-at-home moms. Some seemed to come close, but none of them has ever been Supermom. (See Don’t Compare Your Insides With My Outsides about those types of perceptions.)
I know that you can’t prove a negative, especially with anecdotal evidence, but I think I can make a pretty good case with the following point-by-point comparison:
*Supermom has vast super strength (as in more powerful than a locomotive and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound).
I know. I’ve heard stories about women who were able to lift a car off of their children in a super-human adrenaline rush, but the truth is that most of us have to exercise on purpose. (Was that a groan I heard?) If you don’t, when you get to my age, it’s hard to get up off the floor!
Supermom has limitless endurance.
The rest of us need rest and sleep. True, there are times when we must function on little to no sleep, but most of the time we perform much better when we are well-rested.
Supermom can fly.
We sometimes feel like we’re flying, rushing around trying to get everything done, but alas, we never can get it all done! Besides that, Supermom can fly without an airplane, but the rest of us can’t and we often even need oxygen masks! 😉
Supermom has x-ray vision and super hearing.
These are characteristics that our young children often think we have and are related to having “eyes in the back of our heads.” Unfortunately, by the time they hit the teen years, they know the truth.
No, just like Superman, Supermom is only a figment of our imaginations, an unreachable goal or desire for so many moms.
So, give it up, ladies! It’s not going to happen.
Actually, the Lord would like us to look to Him to be our all in all, instead of trying to be the perfect mom. He’s the only One who is all-powerful, all-knowing, sinless, faithful, and able to be more than Superman/Superwoman/Supermom could ever be!
*Because of the relationship between Supermom and Superman, for the purposes of this article, we are assuming that Supermom, like Superwoman, has qualities similar to those of Superman. My source for Superman qualities was SupermanSuperSite.com. 😉
**Thanks to my friend, Robin Grimes, for letting me use her Superwoman picture!
Next week, I’ll share with you some verses the Lord gave me that helped me give up on being Supermom.