Like many of you, I got my pithy Momsrising.org Mother's Day card via email yesterday. It's luverly:
M is for maternity leave when she made me..... [right on!!!]
O is for the open, flexivble schedule she needs [yes, i neeeeeed that...!]
T is for the T.V. from which she saved me [HUH? Wha?]
H is for my health care free form greed [yeah!!!]
E means excellent child care with love-light shining [yes, all entitled to that]
R means realistic wages in her job so she doesn't need three [too right]
I know. I know. Kids do need saving from t.v. in many ways. Childhood obsesity epidemic. Alarming statistics about how t.v. is used too much as babysitter. Unstemmed tide of advertizing and submiminal messages about sugar = "part of this balanced breakfast" and all that....
But I was chatting with my friend over lunch yesterday, and both of us confessed to how television is a vital and much revered component of getting one's shit together after work/daycare, when at 6pm--although you need to be spending quality one-on-one time with your kiddy, you also need to be doing other things, like preparing something for them to eat. Or sitting with a stiff cocktail as you stare blankly at Berenstain Bears.
We both cracked up as I recounted to her how, the evening before, a neighbor had stopped by at around 6:30 and for bloody once, instead of seeing my son absorbed in Sprout, he was with me in the kitchen and we were drawing pictures and cutting shapes... And I felt so smugly proud that he had happened to stop by at this juncture.
As my friend cracked: it was a "Take my picture now. I am a good mommy..." moment
So Happy Mother's day, folks! And remember, take those pictures ONLY when you are engaged in interactive play with wooden dolls or homemade play-dough or somesuch. It's the law.