Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Hanging INNNNNN !!! A new meme.

It's been a good 48 hours of reflection since I wrote Hanging On.

It was good to hear not only snippets of advice, but also some good commiseration. But lest anyone think I was whining or complaining, I also want to acknowledge a couple things.

Yes, I know I am fortunate. I only HAVE to be at work and away from my kids for 24 hours a week (includes my long-ass commute). This was a choice David and I made and while it hasn't been without significant financial sacrifice, we're very glad and grateful for it.

Life is full of choices.

And as annoyed as we are about the quantity of domestic chores, I'm not depressed about. I just kind of accept it as the new (albeit overwhelming) normal.

On that note, I thought it might be good to look on the positive side of things.

Memes about/by/for moms have been circulating the Internet for a while. Around Mother's Day there was one for "Things I Love About Being a Mom." So I thought I would start one for "Ways I am good at being a mom." Interpret it as you wish - some moms may say they are good for keeping their kids clean, others may say they are good for letting their kids dirty. And to keep it easy, you only have to list THREE items.

So, here are mine:

  1. I'm not afraid to look silly or embarass myself in general, but especially for my kids. You've undoubtedly witnessed this if you've seen me at our pool, in the grocery store dancing and singing in the aisles, at the open gym going in the foam pit, or at the playground with my giant butt running around, crawling through the tunnels and going down the slides.

  2. I ask for emotional help and parenting advice. If I'm feeling blue or have an issue with the girls that David and I can't figure out, then I call or e-mail someone. In the same vein, I take parenting seriously and try to learn from my friends and their parenting values and styles.

  3. I am (mostly) joyful about my children and the changes they have made in my life. I don't look at them as an inconvenience or something that has to be dealt with. It doesn't mean it is easy, but I really try to be joyful about them.

With memes, you also tag people. This is hard, because there are a lot of great moms that I turn to for advice, including one who is a regular blog reader but not a writer. But I think Moms need to acknowledge themselves, so I'm going to cast the net wide and tag a couple of famous and prolific bloggers in addition to people in my posse. So, I'm tagging Stimey, My Party of Six, Connor and Helen Grow Up, and La Vida Cochinillo. I know, I know, everybody groans when they get tagged, but come on. It's only three things...


vickie2005 said...


That said, I just might pick up your tag and get around to this in the next few days! Thanks for the fodder!

Sue @ My Party of 6 said...

This is a challenge! I might have to ask my kids for help! Ha! I'm sure they won't be able to think of 3 things I am good at.

Elaine said...

I'm impressed. I'm afraid of tunnel slides so I always use the size of my a** as an excuse why I can't go on them. I don't want to clog up the slide for the kids, after all!

Stimey said...

I love your number one. I also enjoy making a fool of myself for my kids.

You should see this ridiculous list of memes that I've promised to participate in. It turns out that I'm a big fat liar. I swear that I will try. I will try, try, try!!!

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