8/16/2006

Dispelling the myth

I'm afraid some people might be taken in by the false advertising on this blog (birthday parties, shiny faces, crafts and projects, smiles) and actually think to themselves, "Wow, she's such a good mother!". (Well, other than those people who are thinking, how could a really good mother have so much time to blog?)

Here's a little slice of reality. Last week I discovered a new trick. After I laced up my sneakers and strapped my two children into the double stroller for our morning walk, I turned on my Mp3 player (no, it's not an iPod but it does the job) and cranked up the volume.

Suddenly life was good again. Ethan's incessant babbling became nothing more than a gentle, distant mumble. Easy to ignore and no problem of mine. I checked both ways several times before crossing the street and kept my eyes peeled for serial killers at all times but otherwise was in a blissful world of my own.

Of course, at some point Ethan became wise to my silence and the mumbles became louder and more urgent noises, sounding vaguely like, "MAMA! MA---MAAAAAAAAA!" Since that first walk, I just warn Ethan ahead of time that I won't be able to hear him or talk to him unless it's very important.

Some people are lucky enough to drop their kids off occasionally at grandma's house or the house of some other close relative or friend. Some people even hire regular babysitters or a nanny. I have my Mp3 player. And I use it.

9 comments:

KW said...

You go girl...way to find what works for you and WORK IT!

Janzelle said...

Wheeew! I for one am glad to have the truth brought to light...I love you even more for being real and for being you! Play that funky music, white girl!

Claire said...

Yes- an MP3 player will cover a multitude of um...talking. Whether it be coworkers, children, whathaveyou... Pretty gewd.

Brenda Jo said...

Turn it up, happy mama!

Avalanche Cowpoke said...

Ol' 'Lanche sez: Way to go there Mama Girl!!! 8~)

gretchen said...

I'm never taken in by the myth, although I am often in awe of how you manage to cope and even create in the midst of it all. Way to use the MP3 player...It brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "Survival Skills," doesn't it?

Loreo said...

Starbucks and tunes, whatever it takes to keep it together, right?

the Joneses said...

What a great idea. Makes me miss the days of the double stroller!

-- SJ

julie said...

I have long been a parent practitioner of benevolent neglect.

And, I am relieved you are not perfect. I won't have to hate you now.