Friday, May 6, 2011

Who a mother REALLY is

The other day, I saw someone post this quote on Facebook in honor of the approaching Mother's Day:

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. ~Tenneva Jordan

I've heard it before, but for some reason this time I stopped and thought about it for a minute. I quickly came to the conclusion that Ms. Jordan, while very well intentioned, simply has it wrong. Here's why.

1. Moms do a lot for their kids, no question. I've lost sleep rocking sick babies. I've watched Dora the Explorer instead of what I wanted to watch countless times. I've played Candy Land until I had the color order memorized. This doesn't make me a selfless saint, though. It makes me a woman with a brain. I do love my kids and want them to be happy; however, I also know that quiet, content children is the most direct path to my sanity. If I have a choice between watching a show I like while a child whines in my ear or watching Dora and Boots try to outwit Swiper in total peace, guess what? Vamanos, Dora. So while the quote implies that moms sacrifice their wants for those of their children purely out of love, I say there are other forces at work there.

2. Last time I checked, most mothers are women. And women need their desserts. If this quote was about lasagna or scrambled eggs, maybe I could see it. But pie? Sorry.

Of course, a mom in this predicament would have to do something drastic. She would know that being short one piece of pie would cause at least one tantrum and probably a sibling throwdown or two. So I have created an alternative quote, one that I think much more accurately depicts the moms of today:

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly hides the pie on top of the refrigerator and serves Twinkies for dessert, then eats the pie after the kids are in bed. -AMENMom


Cori said...

This made me laugh!! Because I actually think I would give my piece of pie up, but I know, WITHOUT A DOUBT, that my husband would hide the pie and eat it all once the kids are in bed!

LindaM said...

Jean Golden taught you well!

The Langhams said...

I would totally hide the pie. Or I'd cut Jarrod's piece in half, and he could share with someone. I'd get a whole piece. :)

I am in total agreement with you, giving up Grey's or A Baby Story-yeah I can do that, no probs, giving up pie- NOT HAPPENING!

Julianna said...

This mother take sthe pie, beelines for the bathroom, locks the door and pretends she's "busy" while the kids wander round the house looking for dessert.

I'm not a very good mother sometimes. :)

Aidan and Zachary said...

I would hide the pie and have hid the pie!

Siobhan said...

So, I just got around to reading this..... In my case, the kids would be in bed before Grey's came on TV b/c I have no cable and have very few happy shows to watch on my own that aren't children movies! But in the daytime, they can either a) watch the other tv, b) play outside instead or c) play inside with playdoh and make a fabulous mess while I get to watch what I want to watch!!! :)
Now, for the pie, I have an easy out! My diabetic would only get half a slice and my youngest would get the other half! Then, there would be enough for everyone! (But mine would have whipped cream on top!)
Love reading your blogs!