This Sunday marks my fifth Mother’s Day as a mom and my first as a mother of three boys! While most of my days are filled playing trains, running around and cleaning up messes I couldn’t be happier with my sons. One of our favorite activities is reading books. I feel like I have learned a lot from the books we read (beyond the names of the entire set of Thomas and his friends) and I’d like to share some of the lessons with you.
- You need help from your friends In The Little Blue Truck, the big, mean dump truck gets stuck in the mud. With the help of Little Blue and Little Blue’s friends they are able to get the dump truck out of the mud. As a working mother of three I know I cannot do it all on my own and my friends are always there when I need them.
- Team work is important In Mighty, Mighty Construction Site the trucks realize they all have to work together to get the job done. While I always new it was important to work as a team, I’ve found this is a lesson I apply at work and home. At Julie’s Beet we collaborate on ideas for the site and marketplace and work together to get our many thoughts out to you. At home, I work with my husband to make sure we provide the best environment for our children.
- You must work hard and be patient to get recognized. In The Little Red Caboose, the caboose is sad because he always comes last and no one is excited to see him. Then one day the train starts slipping down the mountain and the caboose saves the day by putting his breaks on. After that the caboose gets all of the cheers and waves. In life (personal & professional) nothing comes easy. I’ve learned that a lot of hard work pays off. This is especially important as Julie’s Beet enters our fourth year. We’re going to keep at it to make our marketplace the best around and cannot wait for more recognition from others.
I have grand plans to plant a garden this Mother’s Day. We’ll see if the weather cooperates and the boys do too. I’ll have a great Mother’s Day as long as I am with my three boys… I know we’ll get to read at least one story!