Well, I don’t know about you, but after many rounds of Old McDonald Had a Fart at the dinner table tonight, I’m ready to send the kids back to school tomorrow…
Lesson #1: It’s been a momentous week for me. Being featured on Huffington Post legitimized me as a blogger. Yelling at Little to stop crying and get out on the field during his soccer game legitimized me as a mother.
Lesson #2: I’m so much more than a soccer mom though. I’m also a slacker mom. So much so that after I finally refilled the neglected napkin drawer, Pink felt the need to positively reinforce my effort. She immediately ran in her room to get me two sparkly hair clips and topped them off with a, “Great job, Mommy!”
Lesson #3: When someone tells you that you look like you could still be in your 30s—and you are—the compliment loses a little bit of its wow factor.
Lesson #4: That’s ok, though, because after a few recent celebrations for friends, I’m discovering that 40 is the new 21. (Probably because we’re all still dancing to the “classics” and partying like it’s 1999.)
Lesson #5: I’ve got a knack for writing children’s books. While cuddling up with all three kids and reading the fun-loving Beverly Cleary classic, Henry and Ribsy, I was forced to spontaneously rewrite an entire page when I realized—at the absolute last second—that I was about to out the tooth fairy.
Lesson #6: It’s pretty amazing to watch your baseball-loving boy take the mound for the first time. (But it’s a lot easier to blame the pitching machine for wild balls.)
Lesson #7: If you’re looking for a great natural mood enhancer, go straight to a 3-year old ballet and tap class. You honestly can’t help but smile.
Lesson #8: Or, for that matter, come hang out at our house. You might catch Pink doing her favorite move, ‘chubby pop’. (Please note: Uptight adults tend to mispronounce it ‘shuffle hop’.)
Lesson #9: I hope Pink never loses her toddler confidence. How many women do you know who get dressed in the morning and say, “I want to wear *that* dress because I look fabulous in it!”?
Lesson #10: Any time a snack or meal is involved, my name suddenly changes from ‘mom’ to ‘momcanyougetme’.
Lesson #11: When the conversation begins with, “Ask mom if you can jump off the roof and…”, the answer will always—always—be no. (And, in case you’re wondering, little boy umbrellas don’t make you fly like Mary Poppins.)
Yes, teachers rock. And so do you. So get out there and be fabulous this week!