So, this past week we attempted to define the three major types of MOMs out there; the SAHM, the WM, and the WFHM (which to me looks like an acronym of something that would have prompted a squirt of soap in my mouth from my mother). Our goal was to highlight the main responsibilities, trials and triumphs associated with each of these titles. We heard that some of you were exhausted merely READING the synapses of the daily diagram for each corresponding role...and that was our point. We are all working moms, we are all important but the bottom line is, we still don't understand how Johnny's mom could miss the classroom party because she had a meeting? Or how Ellie's mom brought (GASP) a box of Twinkies for the cake walk...or how we overheard Mrs. Smith at the grocery store talking about how her kids have eaten only buttered noodles for breakfast this week and she has only had time to shower twice...and it is Friday! We have all caught our naughty little selves judging the "lazy stay-at-home" mom, or the money and power hungry "working mom"...or the "She can't decide what she wants to focus on so she burns the candle at both ends and looks like hell because of it" work from home mom. But this is the bottom line....we are a sisterhood. From this moment on, no judging. We have heard that the summaries have been met with laughter, tears and outright applause (ok, that was from us) for hitting the nail on the head with each description. So now you know what goes on behind closed doors (and closed windows at our house....I've learned my lesson about yelling at my kids with the windows open...and once with the monitor still plugged in on the deck. Yikes). So stand if you will, place one hand over your heart and vow with me: "I hereby declare that I will not judge other mothers for what they need to do to get through each day. Because motherhood is about survival and we each are armed with different tools. If my WFH neighbor needs to leave the playgroup in a cold sweat because her boss just called about a report, I will not assume she loves her mothering job less. If my SAHM friend has been wearing the same sweat pants for three days and she has a peanut butter hand print on the back of her hooded sweatshirt from high school, I will tell her only because I understand. If my WM friend cannot attend the Halloween Hoopla for kindergarten, I will take pictures and email them to her and know that she would probably rather be here than in a meeting about setting up another meeting. Because we are all on the same team. We are moms, united we stand otherwise those little buggers and other mother judgers will get the best of us and before we know it we will all be wearing orange jammies and taking a state-funded vacation in a fun place called Floor 9 of our local health care facility. Amen"
So, hopefully you enjoyed our tongue-in-cheek spin on the roles we all play. The bottom line is this....we hope you are doing what you want to be doing. My sister has stated that she is a better mom because she works, and she realized that early on. More power to her. We don't all need to fall into the socialized roles that have been defined for us. If you want to work, stay home, or work from home then good for you. If you find yourself reluctantly in one of the above roles, know that you are doing the best you can with what you have been given. And the most important thing is, that at the end of whatever your day brings to you, make sure those little critters you spawned know that you love them.
Whew....that was a little too serious. Damn and our apologies! We will get back on track tomorrow, let's throw a "holy shit" in here just for good measure.
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