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Starting this week was a slow, hard slog this week. The excitement of home schooling has worn off and my two children now just want to get back to their school routine and their friends. Getting them to focus on work and step away from screens is getting harder every day.

It was at the end of one of these long days I realised, with horror, that a recurring case of head lice had returned to my 6 year old’s messy hair. After the dreaded treatment, comb through and wash off she was beside herself. As I carried her, soaking wet and crying into her room I stepped firmly into a present that our new puppy had left on her bedroom floor just as I realised I also had to strip the bed and change the sheets. I had hit peak mum.

Singing this song, which I didn’t know before this week, at this moment felt raw and vulnerable and out of my depth. Which is how I feel as a mother most days, especially now as we fumble our way through this new normal. But as the cliche goes – I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there who also feel they are walking a tight-rope between moments of existential, puppy poop-filled crisis and moments of utter joy and love. It’s a precarious place to be.

Opera Queensland’s new digital program, An Aria A Day continues tomorrow. Reserve your front row seat now:

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