I am not sure why – but last week’s post about the “SEVEN MOMS TO AVOID ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL” really struck a chord with mothers and fathers and aunts? across America. There was a lot of talk about me being fat and jealous, and questions about what gave me the right to judge. Your comments were very entertaining and well thought-out – the grammar police showed up and there was even reference to the Ashley Madison scandal.
In the meantime, I actually went to my children’s first day of school and mothers that were present, that know of my secret identity, quietly mentioned how they thought of me as they dressed for the first day.
SCORE!!! I am sorry about that Goopville moms….
I have to give a shout-out to the “pajama-moms.” You were some of the most vocal – proudly announcing your frequent bra-less pajama outfits with no apologies – while simultaneously enjoying my blog and laughing at yourselves. This shows me that I have sold the pajama moms short and they could very well be among my closest friends if I am willing to overlook their nipples in the morning. Duly noted.
Many of you hated me this week and told me that I was judgy and mean – and I love you anyways. I love anyone who comes to this blog and is willing to read through a post and make a comment. Please understand that this blog is meant to make people laugh and I have never once tried to be an inspirational voice for moms. If anything, I firmly believe that we are all doing our best to navigate this crazy world of modern-day motherhood. Sometimes it results in some funny shit. Also, please note that I am the first person to throw myself under the bus. I NEVER claim to know what I am doing. I CONSTANTLY FAIL at being a “good mother” and my way of dealing with this is through laughter.
Because let’s face it.
If we don’t laugh at all of this, then we all be alcoholics that cry ourselves to sleep every night.
Thank you for reading – I read each and every comment and appreciate them all.
In closing – each year at this time I post my SECOND MOST SHARED AND FAVORITED BLOG which is my satirical take on school lunches and the lunatic mothers that prepare them…
For some of you loyal and loving readers this will be a repeat for you -but I have so many new readers that I just have to share!!!
Thanks again to all of you for reading!! A big thanks also to POPSUGAR MOMS for posting my “7 MOMS TO AVOID” blog on their website with possibly even better pics than I used!!!!
XO, Lady Goo Goo Gaga
When I was very young, my mother decided that I was quite independent and capable.
Upon discovering my love of “doing things myself,” she rearranged her kitchen cabinets and moved all of the cereal to the lowest cabinet. She taught me how to pour milk and make a sandwich for lunch. Once the basic survival skills were mastered she informed me and my brother that she would no longer be available in the mornings.
From that point on, we were responsible for getting ourselves up in the morning, getting dressed and ready for school, making breakfast and making ourselves lunch, and getting to the bus stop on time. To our credit (and hers) we managed to do this pretty much without incident. We never missed the bus and I don’t remember feeling neglected or abandoned in any way, even though the very first cereal I remember preparing for myself looked like this….
Fast forward to modern times when I have my own children and I have spent countless hours up at the crack of dawn preparing meals and snacks. Reflecting back on that time – it seems just a bit outrageous.
It’s a topic of conversation that she doesn’t enjoy, yet my brother and I bring it up constantly. It usually goes like this….
“Mom – remember when you announced that you were never waking up again – and we had to make our own lunch?”
She usually rolls her eyes…..”Oh – like you had such a bad life? I think you’re fine.”
“Yes – I’m fine – but it was little ridiculous that you weren’t up with us…”
“Oh, poor you…yes – you had it sooo bad. Did you have a good life? Did your father and I send you to college and give you a nice wedding?”
“Mom – that’s not the point – I am just saying – it was crazy to expect us to do everything by ourselves….we were like 2.”
“I was helping you to become more independent…..Like it’s so hard to pour a bowl of cereal?”
“Well it’s not – but when you are 4-years-old the gallon of milk is a little bit heavy.”
Usually it’s by this point in the conversation that she has left the room or hung up on me.
While I do think her morning routine was completely unacceptable, I am secretly envious of her 1970’s “laid back” parenting style.
Imagine just simply not waking up in the morning and sleeping in with no worries about what your children will wear, eat for breakfast or eat for lunch? How luxurious!
While I know that those days of parenting are long gone – never to return, I received full confirmation this week when I opened my Pottery Barn Kids Fall Gear Catalogue.
To start off I should have known I was in trouble when the catalogue started off with a picture of a preschooler carrying a backpack.
The “Pottery Barn people” must have really brain-stormed to come up with an image of a child that everyone could relate to.
It was only logical that they decided on a photo of a small child carrying 250 pounds of school supplies in a bag that is as big as he is, outside on the grounds of what appears to be……Harvard?
OK – so on to the lunch bag section of the catalogue. Of course modern-day parenting dictates that all snacks and lunches must be presented to children in fancy canvas totes with their names on it in bold text accompanied by an image of Darth Vader or Spider Man.
Gone are the days of the brown paper lunch bag.
Also, in the classic style of Pottery Barn, who historically since its inception seemed to make its mission as a company to make housewives and mothers feel badly about the state of things in their home……the “Pottery Barn People” have presented their impression of what a child’s lunch should look like.
Apparently their idea of a “lunch” drastically differs from mine.
Is this what my kids are supposed to see when they open their fancy lunch tote with 55 zippers and compartments?
Because that will never happen….
So …..here I am thinking I’m a great mother because I sometimes heat up Progresso soup in the morning and put it into a Batman thermos for Michael.
Once again – I am wrong. I am not mother of the year – in fact I might be the worst mother in America – according to Pottery Barn Kids.
As I kept reading – it became clear that I am, as I suspected, a very, very bad mother. I might as well just stay in bed like my mother…..because I have not once shaped sandwiches into a tic tac toe game smartly utilizing carrot shreds and pieces of grapes.
Just when I was about to throw the catalogue in the garbage something caught my eye.
Wait – could this be true?
I know that good mothers are ones that send in little notes with their children’s lunch. I have been known to even send a note here or there.
But could it be possible that Pottery Barn Kids is SELLING IN THEIR CATALOGUE, something called “Lunch Box Love Notes.”
So – if you are too lazy or dumb to write out your own note to your child – no worries!! Pottery Barn has done it for you!!!
Please notice the green note in the bottom right-hand corner.
So in case your kids is telling horrible stories at the lunch table – and the other kids are staring blankly at him – or saying something like “That story sucked,” – your note will be there to save the day!!
I actually perused the catalogue for a minute – thinking it would be nice to have the notes ready to go in the drawer in the morning. Maybe I would buy some, but I searched through the whole thing and couldn’t find any that were my kind of notes…..
I usually write things like:
“Hope you are having a nice day Michael – by the way the shirt you’re wearing is from Nordstrom – so if you rip your clothes at recess again today you are punished for a week.”
“Hi Love bug – don’t forget – if that bully bothers you again remember how Daddy told you to punch him right in the face!! Have a great day :)”
“If your friend offers to share his fruit snacks today, you are not allowed to eat them. This is why he already had a root canal when he was 4 – you will thank me later :)”
I guess I will be writing my own notes this school year…..
THANKS MOM FOR MAKING SURE I CAN POUR A MEAN BOWL OF CEREAL! AND PLEASE CLICK ON THE BANNER BELOW SINCE I HAVE BEEN MAKING THAT BOWL OF CEREAL SINCE I WAS 2…..