Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Terrible Two's Blues

Lincoln

Calm
Consistent
Unresistant
Easy to convince
Cheerful, not tearful
My constant companion through the day, even when his brothers are away

Maybe this one would be different?
This one would stay sweet?
This one would always hold my hand when he crossed the street?

Alas.

Little Lincoln
Started thinkin
For himself

Now it's all about persuasion
Pajama evasion
Factor five extra minutes into the equation
On every occasion

Done with naps forevermore
A diaper change? The Third World War.
No!
I want to watch a show!
I choose
These shoes
I don't want that I want juice!

Just give him what he wants, sir!
Someone took my child away and gave me back a monster!

It tears me up inside
Squeezes me in tiny knots
I knew this time was coming
But I pushed it from my thoughts

I want to hug him close
Stroke his hair and soothe his fears
Sing to him for all the hours
Hold his hand for all the years

So I will.
Until
Forever.

Five minutes late
I will carry his weight
Over my shoulder or under my arm
Writhing,
wailing,
flailing,
but
Always safe from harm.

I've decided that the tantrum
Can't come
Between me and my darling little handsome

Lincoln.










Thursday, August 7, 2014

re: #HowToDad




This commercial is really great. There are so many things I could say about why we need this message (and they have nothing to do with peanut butter Cheerios).

Look, I've been bombarded for the last few years with constant messages about why girls and women and moms are so awesome, but boys and men and dads are awesome too. Let me say that again.

MEN ARE AWESOME TOO.

They are. Not *all* men are awesome, but have you noticed that not *all* women are awesome either?

Yes, I know the feminist movement (which has brought about many great things) is a reaction to the crappiness of how women have been treated throughout history. I get that. But can we not let the pendulum swing too far the other way now?

Women are not better than men. Men are not better than women. We need both parts of the team.

Let's give men some respect. Let's not try to convince them that we can do every job better than they can so we don't need them around. If we keep this up, they will start to believe us. And it's not true.

Let's all just give dads a little more credit. It's a hard job, my goodness.


Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Cobb

So I just realized that yesterday marks another year of having salad for lunch (almost) every day.

That's two years of salads!

And you're not going to believe this, but yesterday evening as I chowed down on a cobb salad at Fenton's, I honest-to-goodness really actually incredibly had the following thought (brace yourself):

"I love salad."

It might have been the first time I've ever had that thought. How fitting for it to be yesterday. It only took me two years. Don't give up-- it could happen to you!