Monday, January 4, 2010
See Mom Run: Side-splitting essays from the world's most harried moms
This aptly titled book of essays compiled by Beth Feldman (also known in as Role Mommy) offers simple nuggets of truth that all mamas can relate to. It isn't always pretty (see one particularly disturbing piece about diarrhea), but this collection of essays touches on the many universal aspects of motherhood.
As I read through the essays, I wondered what harrowing (but also hysterical) mommy moment I would write about.
Maybe enduring a two-hour flight with baby poop on my clothes from a diaper change gone awry while fellow passengers did their best to sniff out where the offending odor was coming from. Or the park district play group where a fellow mom offered me one of the beers that she had stashed in her purse -- at 10:00 am -- at a toddler play group. I could even recount the fancy-schmancy preschool interview where the admissions director seemed distracted by my shoulder the entire time. Only later would I discover that the sleeve of my black turtleneck sweater was absolutely covered in dried baby snot. Needless to say, our daughter was not admitted to this silly and pretentious school -- and we have her baby brother's runny nose to thank for that.
The obvious point is that none of us is alone in this whole motherhood thing. See Mom Run is a good example of the value of sharing these experiences (even the totally embarrassing and disgusting ones) and having a good laugh about it -- together.