On Sunday, I noticed this tree as I walked to our car to drop something off. There was something about it that caught my attention: its dryness, its fragile looking twigs, its funny shape, and its beauty. I noticed how much it stood out amidst the concrete structures around it and in contrast to the other green plants.
I thought about how this tree had flourished before the cold weather and how it’ll flourish again after this season … how it stands tall in itself despite standing out, in some way, like a sore thumb. I thought of its patient wait for its leaves to adorn it again, and its perseverance in such exposure to the elements.
When I got home and looked at the pictures I had taken, I was struck by the difference in their colour and mood; even though they are of the same object, taken within seconds apart. The quality of my camera and my photographic skills probably accounts for this; even then, it got me thinking about the importance of my perspective as I return to work.
I’ve greatly flourished whilst on maternity leave, in ways I could never have imagined. However, I’m feeling like I’m drying up as this comes to an end today (Friday 12 Dec). I’m not confident about what I have to give at work from Monday, but I have to go in with my chin up, my head high, and shoulders square. I have to hope that it’ll be well … that I’ll yet flourish again in my job as I used to, albeit within the context of my new life as a mum. I must find a way to maintain a positive perspective. Afterall, I live in a country that allows me to take up to 52 weeks leave with most of it paid and my husband to share in it … my husband took 2 weeks paid paternity leave … I’ve been able to do 9 paid Keep In Touch days during my leave and the money has been very helpful … I am going back to a good job and lovely colleagues as a breastfeeding mother … I truly have a lot to be thankful for. So I hope, that like this tree with future leaves, I’ll find my place again at work after such a long break.
How did you feel about returning to work after maternity leave?
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