Computer with a Heart
Mothers might have invented the term “multitasking" long before it made its way to the dictionary.
From pregnancy to childbirth, until such time that our children can do things on their own, we hover around, busy with every task at home and at work (for working moms), dividing 24 hours and seven weeks into productive moments employers could only dream of.
From my quick research, I discovered that the term “multitasking” was first used in a mechanical context in 1966 when technology began to dictate our way of life. It originated from the computer engineering industry, referring to the ability of a microprocessor to process several tasks simultaneously.
Computer multitasking in single-core microprocessors involves time sharing. Only one task can actually be active at a time, but tasks are rotated every second. Therefore, with the invention of multi-core computers, each core can perform a separate task simultaneously.
Yes, moms are like multi-core computers who can perform many tasks simultaneously. But, ah, there’s a big difference. A computer only has a “brain” created by humans.
It has no heart.
Moms have a heart—an extra-large one, if we go by sizes. We operate by and with that four-letter word called “love.”
Then she wakes up at dawn to make sure that the kids have their “baon” and are ready for school. While in the office, she constantly calls home to check with the yaya how things are going.
How about the food—groceries and meals? She plans those, too. And the house guests who hop in sometimes? How about when the kids get sick? Or have a special event in school? And her duties in her church and community? She juggles time between work, community, church, and school.
Then there’s her husband. And her home. They both need time—the husband, of course, gets the bigger share of caring.
My friend, Malou, has no house helper and her husband is an OFW. So she has to be both father and mother to their three kids.
Once I invited her to coffee and she told me about her jam-packed daily schedule. “Between my kids, their school, and our home, I am blessed to have this relaxing time.”
After she narrated her typical day, I panted from exhaustion. “I got so tired just listening to your activities. You’re a super mom!” I said, meaning it. “How do you do it?”
“Through the art of multitasking,” she replied.
“Art?! You have elevated multitasking to an art? But it’s the science of time management and multiple duties,” I replied, amazed.
For moms, multitasking is a no-brainer. It has to do with the heart—a gift of grace from the Master Multitasker Who created the earth and everything in, over, around and under it.
(Adapted from my column “Happy endings” in Moms and Kids Magazine)