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No matter how old I get or how long I’ve been out of school, I always want to go out and buy new notebooks at this time of year. I guess it’s just ingrained in my blood after so many years of schooling. It’s an idea we all want to hold on to – the end of summer means something if it means the beginning of something else. In a few years, I’ll actually be buying notebooks for a reason again as I prepare my daughter for school. But for right now, I’m content with filling my fresh (useless) notebooks with thoughts of apple picking and pumpkin carving as I try to use yet another change of season as the impetus for trying to be more productive.
The urge to produce results runs rampant in mama’s just like it does in Fortune 500 CEO’s. But no matter how many “results” are produced (whether working or SAHM-ing or WAHM-ing or whatever other mother-ing), there always seems to be this nagging echo of “enough-ness” when it comes to mamahood. For example, here’s a random note I received from my friend a couple weeks ago as she prepared for her daughter’s entry into kindergarten:
“The letter from my daughter’s school says, “it’s important that at least one parent attend the orientation meeting.” Amazing how one little sentence can induce a whole range of emotions. Most of the time I don’t think about being the only parent in my daughter’s life. It seems natural, it feels okay…most of the time. And I am constantly grateful for the support of family and friends, but I know, ultimately, the responsibility for the support and well-being of this miraculous little girl is all on me. This is not a complaint; this is a huge THANK YOU to the universe. Yes, I am constantly terrified of not being enough for her. But at the end of the day, I have her in my arms. I have her smiles, her laughs, her tears. Am I enough? I don’t know. But the love she’s brought into my life is more than enough…it’s everything.”
Single parent, double parent, birth parent, adoptive parent, foster parent, what have you – I think we all wonder at some point, “Am I enough?” So am I about to give you some definite, life-affirming answer on whether or not we are, for all of our productivity, “enough?” No.
But I will invite you to join me in embrace the enough-ness that is all around at this time of year. See it in the trees preparing for slumber as children make their way to the bus stop. Feel it in the cool breeze that slowly chills the summer air and makes way for the holidays ahead. Embrace it in the spirit of change that falls on the earth like a mosaic of leaves. Renew yourself with the season and know that, indeed, is enough. And if all else fails, remember… a fresh start is only a new notebook away.
BONUS READING: And for those who truly do need to get a little more productive this fall season, I have some “suggested reading” for you. Don’t worry, there won’t be a report due afterwards…
I recently read The Art of Stress Free Productivity. It’s precisely the type of book I like to avoid, but this one really hit home – especially with his “mind like water” philosophy. I’ve just begun implementing some of his suggestions, just in time for my quasi “back to school” routine and so far, so good. It’s the emptiest my mind has ever been as a mama or otherwise. And it feels so awesome.
***Special thanks to Anne Lacey for sharing her thoughts with the world on this one.***
Though right across from all the goodies that New York City has to offer, the Jersey City/Hoboken area is surprisingly unfulfilling when it comes to stores catering to the eco-mama experience. A PATH train and quick subway ride can take you to Metro Minis on the upper East side or to Caribou Baby in Brooklyn. But on the days that a Jersey Mama just wants to take a walk in her own neighborhood to check out some new eco-friendly toys or indulge in a beautiful new wrap carrier, she’s pretty much out of luck…. so imagine my surprise as I was strolling through ArtsFest at Grove Street Plaza with KangaRuby last Friday and came across this fabulous woman:
Offering everything from carriers and cool maternity clothes (i.e. maternity clothes for women who want to look like themselves, not a float in the Macy’s parade while they’re pregnant) to all natural baby cream that smells even better than baby powder and – get this – sexy nursing bras, Myrtle & Flossie is homegrown in Jersey City!
It was as if the light from Mama heaven shone down on Grove Street Plaza that day. Although they don’t have a brick and mortar storefront yet, Myrtle & Flossie “pop-up” stores are being hosted all around town. And, you can buy directly from the website. So those of you who may not be lucky enough to live in the best city on the eastern seaboard (yeah, I said it – lol) can also join in on the fun.
Now, here’s where the “Mama Shout Out” part of all this comes in. The owner of Myrtle & Flossie, Nia M Reid-Allen, is doing all of this as the brand new mama of a 3-month-old! (Her and beautiful babe are featured on the homepage of the retail website… incredible). Inspired by her own experiences with boring maternity clothes, Nia decided to do something about it - enter Myrtle & Flossie.
I don’t remember exactly what I was doing when KangaRuby was only 3 months old, but I can guarantee you it was nothing as rock-star-ish as starting my own retail store. But, inspired by Nia’s mama gumption, I think I’ll get to work on finally finishing my book this weekend. Or, maybe, I’ll just track down her latest pop-up store and go shopping.
Is there a local mama haven in your hometown that you love or a rock star mama that needs some shoutin’ out? Let me know!
When times get crazy, we get by with a little (and sometimes a whole lotta) help from our friends. It’s one of the cool things about womanhood. But yesterday I was reminded that the help doesn’t have to stop with those we know – helping out a stranger can be a blessed experience, too.
Example: Yesterday while blissfully clacking away on my laptop in the quiet backyard of my favorite little café, a Mama walked in with her Girl (probably about 3 or 4 years old). Mama looked like me – glowin’ and a little frazzled, trying damn hard to look cool placing her order while her child tugged at her arm. *I feel you girl* I wanted to whisper in her ear, but chose to stay seated in an effort to not come across as a total whacko. (Obviously, I am).
Cut to about 10 minutes later. Mama and Girl have joined me and some other patrons in the backyard. Mama sits tepidly on the edge of her seat, watching every move the child is making, trying to get her to keep her voice down as to not bother the other patrons. *Girlfriend, that’s nothing – if you only knew how much louder it was at my house* I wanted to say, but refrained as to not appear nosy. (Again, obviously, I am).
10 more minutes later and it’s time for Mama and Girl to gather their things and go. However, their departure is delayed by the fact that Girl has corralled a lovely collection of the rocks from the backyard garden display. And she is pretty intent on not giving them up for a damn thing. “Alright we’re gonna go, now put the rocks back,” instructs Mama. Girl holds rocks tight. “These are the café rocks. We can go somewhere else where we can get rocks you can keep,” promises Mama. Girl doesn’t budge. “Come on now, we’ve gotta go. Put the rocks down.” Cue crying.
In a backyard with a group of business-y looking males, the Mama Fluster is palpable. I can tell she’s feeling pressured to keep the rock cryin’ train a-moving. I can’t restrain myself anymore. I turn around and wave at Girl with a smile, then begin to regale her with stories of the park just down the block which has awesome rocks, perfect for collecting. Even more beautiful and colorful than the plain white rocks of the café backyard.
Girl is intrigued, but maintains her stance. Mama stands by carefully trying to make out if I’m a friendly ally or an anti-mama enemy trying to shoo her daughter out quicker. *My daughter loves to collect rocks too.* I add and can audibly hear Mama breathe a sigh of relief. She gives me the “kids are friggin’ crazy right?!” look as her daughter tosses all but one rock back into the garden.
Mama joins in on my storytelling as I encourage the girl to leave the rock on my table, where I will watch it until she gets back. Then suddenly it hits me. Although my only intention was to help in a way I hope someone would help me in the same situation, what if Mama is actually pissed that I interfered? On my mission to give another Mama a helping hand, did I overstep some sort of mama boundary?
Girl walks over to my table cautiously, places the final rock on my table and quietly gives me her name (information I was to keep, should anyone inquire about the rock). Peacefully and happily, both Mama and Girl head towards the door. But right before they step through the threshold, Mama looks back and raises both thumbs at me. *Thank you* she mouths.
***Note to mystery Mama, should you stumble across this blog: You rock!
I’ve been a bad, bad mama blogger. No, I haven’t been locked in a room reading 50 Shades of Grey (although according to the media apparently every other mama out there is doing so and loving it). But I have been just as naughty. Over two weeks have passed since my last blog post. Not that I haven’t had anything to talk about (I actually have various topics scattered on pieces of paper everywhere, much like the rest of the mess all over my house). But instead of retreating to one of those posts, I thought it would be better to first address this little cyber lull because I feel like it’s symptomatic of something that happens to all of us during motherhood – even if you’re not blogging for all to see.
Here’s how it goes: You wake up one morning with the best intentions to do something and by the time you’re shoving some semblance of a lunchtime meal down your throat at 3:30 that “something” is long forgotten. But later that evening as you’re running down your mental to-do list (the lullaby which lulls you to sleep every night), there that something is again. “Oh crap, I forgot to…” Wake up the next morning, rinse, and repeat. Before you know it, weeks have passed and that “something” has snowballed into an Abominable Mama Hatin’ Snowman of “How the Hell Am I Ever Gonna Get Back on Track?”
I’ll admit, I wasn’t really all that organized and on top of things pre-kid, but with only “me” to worry about in those days it was a whole lot easier to clean up my messes whenever I was ready. But when you add a) kids b) husbands, wives, life partners, etc. and/or c) years of experiences and choices to ponder, picking up where you left off isn’t always so easy. Subtract the friends in your life who you used to count on for a drink and a debrief everyday (because they are now lost in their own piles too), and it’s damn near impossible. Every day brings with it a fresh load of everyone else’s issues along with your own and if you’re not careful about taking out the trash, it can pile up quicker than you can imagine.
I’ve been in that pile for the past three weeks. And apparently it is so deep that I couldn’t find my computer for 15 minutes. No that’s a lie, I found it. But instead of getting about my business, I opted to waste time checking out other people’s problems via their Facebook status and trying to figure out how to use Pinterest and Instagram. But I’m here to say that it’s possible to get back to business, no matter how big your pile is or how many stalkable “Friends” you have on the Facebook. First of all, throw out that old, marked up, half-done and tattered to-do list. Start fresh with a new one and keep it simple. Commit to tackling things piece by piece, project by project, one manageable thing by one manageable thing.
Then, calm down. There’s no prize at the end of this life for having had the most harried existence. There is no reward for carrying the burden of the things you could’ve/would’ve/should’ve done. No one is really keeping score on your so-called failures except you. It’s all about the journey, as they say, and in order to journey you’ve gotta have a clear vision of the road ahead. Take some time to pray, meditate, or even simply take a walk around the block. Get back in touch with what is really important in this life and that will prepare you to take care of the little things as well.
So if, as you’re reading this blog, you find yourself staring at your own pile (real or metaphorical) of shit that needs to be done/fixed/written/ordered/bought/discarded/found/erased/whatever, take heed. Then maybe go take a walk. Trust me, there’s nothing that interesting going on in the Facebook world anyway. And, you’ll be happy to know, Pinterest is super easy to use – now does anyone know how I can use it to make a to-do list?
So, as promised in my Chick(pea)s Rock post, I have spent the last month collecting more fun, healthy snack ideas for kids (and mamas and papas too)! Since my original post was about chickpeas, I guess it’s no big surprise that many people responded by affirming their love for hummus – with pita, with veggies, and simply by the spoonful! It’s definitely a kid friendly treat: smooth, flavorful, and nutritious. KangaRuby loves to just scoop it up with her hands and shove it in her mouth. I know, I know, that’s not a very good eating habit to be teaching. But how can I get mad when she looks so darn cute diving into the tub o’ healthy hummus with glee?
As expected, a plethora of fruits and cut up veggies rounded out second place, from strawberries and carrot sticks to bananas and broccoli trees. However, what I wasn’t expecting was to stumble upon a fun way to jazz up all that healthy fare. Then I found this fellow Jersey mama, who posts pictures of the bento boxes she prepares for her son. They’re vegan, delicious, and prepared in cute containers. The little happy face rice balls alone may change your food prep game. At least you’ll never prepare rice the same way again.
But one of the most interesting healthy snacks discoveries I had this month was phool makhana – the puffed seed of the lotus plant. Traditionally cooked in a curry, last week I spied a friend of mine giving these speckled white puffs to her daughter as a snack. They looked sort of like a mix between popcorn, puffed rice, and those canisters of multi-flavored puff things they sell for five bucks a pop at the store. Yet as a bonus, my friend told me, these little seeds had more nutritional value, even protein.
I did a little research of my own and found out these bad boys are also good for the heart, kidneys, and may even help prevent insomnia. (***Note to the anxious to sue: obviously I’m not a doctor and/or nutritionist, etcetera, etcetera. Please don’t be silly and take these exclusively to help rid yourself of kidney stones then get mad when it doesn’t work).
So on Sunday we headed into “Little India” (just one of many awesome sections of our hometown JC) to scope out the cash and carry’s for some phool makhana of our own. I was happy to find that my little lady enjoyed them just as much as I had hoped she would, gobbling them down as we took a leisurely walk back home. I won’t lie, they’re quite bland, but in the same way that popcorn is bland. And after munching down a few myself, I could see my daughter’s interest in them – they have a neat, chewy texture and are kinda fun to eat. I think my next venture will be to actually prepare them in a curry and see how that goes.
So what’s the lesson in all of this? There’s a world full of healthy fare out there for you and your little one to discover together. Instead of sweating how many ounces of jarred mush your kiddo is eating, get creative. Play with your food options, keep offering a plethora of colorful, healthy munchies throughout the day, and don’t be afraid to add a little flair to your presentation. Once you’ve exhausted all the healthy snacks you’re familiar with, take a look outside your own grocery store to find something new in another culture. And if you stumble upon something interesting, please share!
Oh, and one last lesson… it’s okay to eat hummus with your fingers. Come on, loosen up and give it a try. No one’s looking. You know you wanna.
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How lovely of a certain publication to release an inspirational article on motherhood just before the weekend of Mother’s Day – what luck! What better way to celebrate motherhood than by inspiring online “mommy wars,” fostering nonsensical arguments between the talking heads, and causing overall anxiety in mothers everywhere (or at least in America)? Their hope, I suppose, was to have us all celebrating Mother’s Day pondering their question – am I mother enough? Do I really deserve this handmade card? Or the Edible Arrangement of delicious chocolate covered fruit? How could I possibly accept a meal of pancakes when I am not even sure if I’m enough mother to eat them?
Well, stop pondering and chow down on that Edible Arrangement, because I’m here to tell you – yes indeed, you are mother enough. Whether non-medicated vaginal birth or emergency C-section or adopted, you are mother enough. Whether breastfed or formula or Cheerios, you are mother enough. Whether co-sleeper or crib sleeper or barely sleeper, you are mother enough. Whether kangarooin’ or stroller or running after your child, you are mother enough. Whether at home, at work, or at your wits end, you are mother enough. Whether your child weaned at 4 months or 4 years or still calls you on the phone every night, you are mother enough. Whether your version of mothering looks like something you’d see in a glossy magazine article or more like something you’d see in the aftermath of a tornado (ahem, KangaRubyMama), you are mother enough.
Being a mother is what happens WHEN you raise a child, not HOW you choose to raise your child. You are mother enough simply because you ARE a mother. You are there, loving, caring for, and raising your child in the best way that you know how. You are mother enough simply because whatever choices you have made, you have made them in the interest of your child’s well-being. We are all out here every day, giving our all (whatever that may look like for each of us individually) and THAT is what makes us mother enough. Put it under whatever guise you want, but the fact that this question would even be plastered on a major magazine cover with such a ridiculous photo to match is a slap in the face to mothers in general.
Next Time, perhaps this magazine might want to think about contacting me before writing an article like that. I could’ve cleared up their little question in no time and they could’ve gone about the business of actual journalism. Or at least a cover article that declares (instead of asks), “You are mother enough!” So, Happy Mother’s Day to all, however you got here. Enjoy the day. In fact, enjoy every day. Life is fleeting. And so is motherhood. Don’t waste it pondering silly questions meant to raise the bottom line of some magazine magnate.
And, by the way, if anyone is curious to see what nursing a toddler actually looks like, you’re welcome by my crib anytime. I guarantee you, the only chair involved is the one in which I sit.
I will do virtually anything to keep myself from writing. Which is more than slightly ironic (and stupid) considering the fact that I’m super jammed for time to write these days. But everyday, when that little chunk of time comes, I find myself at my computer, browsing social networks and/or updating little trinkets on websites and/or staring at the screen with glazed over eyes, wondering what I’m going to have for lunch.
I tell myself that I never had this problem when it was just me, a pen, and my notebook. I blame computers. Scratch that, actually I blame the Internet. I reminisce how back in the day my handy Tandy only mildly distracted me with Paint – and I could still spend hours upon hours typing up poetry and printing it out on my dot matrix. Then the damned Interwebs came along.
Now I’m constantly enticed by alluring photos of my Friends, beckoning me to be nosy about the lives of people I haven’t talked to in 10 years. I can’t turn away from my pristine Google homepage waiting to be decimated with my random wonderings. Instead of actually writing, I’d rather Tweet and Tumbl and Digg and Boop. (Oh, that’s not a thing yet? Well, give it time, I’m sure it will be one day soon).
Still, whatever the reason for my distraction, I’m thinking it’s not a very good example to set for my child. I want her to grow up and be a go-getter, a do-er not a say-er, a femme force to be reckoned with in this world. Not just another girl staring at her computer with eyes glazed over while she’s supposed to be writing her State of the Union address. What kind of mother am I? Hell, what kind of citizen am I? The future of our nation is in my hands and I’m googling “why do banks require direct deposit to avoid maintenance fees.”
Seriously though, it is bad. So bad in fact that as I tried to find a positive point in all of my procrastination and avoidance, I couldn’t find one. No matter how I twisted it, I couldn’t find a reason to encourage other people to put off their work when I’m not happy with myself putting off my own. In the midst of feigned self-pity, I picked up my little prayer book that I neglected to read this morning. The hymn (that should have been the entrance song to my day) started out like this: “Have mercy, Lord, we cry: See where we lie enchained, by muted tongue and blinded eye, our hearts constrained.”
And therein was my Oprah “a-ha” moment. Perhaps I have nothing good to say about my procrastination because there ISN’T anything good about it. Distractions prevent me from saying the things I should be saying, seeing the things I should be seeing - and particularly - writing the things I should be writing. When I procrastinate, I am chained up, my heart is held back from its true work. And if I’m not doing the true work of my heart, it will indeed affect my daughter someday, somehow.
The same goes for you too, Miss or Mrs. or Mr. Lollygagging Blog Reader. Are you only reading my blog today because you are avoiding something else you know you’re supposed to be doing? (If the answer to that is no, by the way, thanks for stopping by and patronizing my blog – you’re awesome! Aw, hell, you’re awesome either way. Screw your work, keep reading. I love you.) Now, like I was saying…
Regardless of whether or not you have children, you are affecting someone or something in this world. Take it seriously. Fight hard against the distractions. Honor your true vocation in this world (that’s your calling, not necessarily your day job). And if you are having a little problem focusing today (like me), don’t fret. Yes, the cost of living in Procrasti Nation is high, but thank God we have an unlimited credit line. Mercy comes from the Latin word for “price paid.” Our true debts in this life are already taken care of, we are called only to recognize that and embrace the grace and peace that follows – which, in turn, will enable us to do better tomorrow.
The hymn mentioned in this post is from the Magnificat May 2012 issue:
“Have mercy, Lord, we cry: See where we lie enchained, by muted tongue and blinded eye, our hearts constrained. Hear what we cannot say, touch wounds we dare not show. Bid us arise from death today and with you go. Have mercy, Lord, we plead: in gentleness draw near. You know our ev’ry need, our ev’ry fear. Reach out your healing hand, our groping fingers seize. Unseal our ears to understand the word that frees.”
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I think I might be going through a mid-mama crisis. It’s quite like the mid-life crisis portrayed by gray-haired foxes in the movies, minus the desire for a hot young blonde. Actually, maybe that’s not completely true. Just last week I found myself stealing glances at other toddlers on the playground and fantasizing about mommyhood with one of those blissful little children who don’t seem to make so much as a peep when their mom removes them from the swing. I think one of them might have been blonde. They were definitely hot and sweaty.
Anyway, in addition to my lust for quiet, I find myself daydreaming of high-priced umbrella strollers to replace my (perfectly functioning and also high-priced) conventional. I need something sportier I guess. But the most recent chunk o’ crisis is my hankering for a solo-vacation. I travelled aplenty before becoming a mom. In fact, that was the plan. Get a lot of living in so that I don’t look back and wonder “what if…” Problem is, despite how many if’s I’ve already what-ed in my time, I still have more that bubble up. And lately, it happens more often than not.
Like this morning, when I came across this kickass blog about overnight backpacking trips in New Zealand. I’ve hiked through Costa Rica, stood on the Mount of Olives, swam in the Mediterranean Sea, and sang beneath the (freezing cold) “cascades” in the Ivory Coast. But here I am, 10 a.m. on a Monday morning in a too-hip-for-me-café lamenting the fact that I never took a backpacking trip through the outback. And wondering how I could coordinate a trip to New Zealand. Alone.
Actually, I yearn for a trip anywhere alone. New Zealand, New Jersey, whatever works. I long for the days when I could walk into a café and stay there the entire day with nary a thought to distract me from the work at hand unless I wanted it to – Browsing trashy websites? Yes please! Wondering how to potty train a toddler on the go? No thanks. The problem is, even when I’m alone I’ve still got the “mama” program running. It’s like a dysfunctional app that drains all of the battery out of your smartphone, constantly running in the background even when you’re not using it.
Then I found another blog, this one from a mama that (two years ago according to the date on the blog) also went through a mid-mama crisis. I literally let out a sigh of relief as I read her post. “YES!” I wanted to scream, but I figured that might be a bit much for the hipster sitting next to me on his awesome 10-inch Macbook air (mid-mama crisis lust isn’t just confined to strollers… a new laptop would be hella nice too).
The mama, “Calamity Jane,” says: “What I need to know is this. How do we strike the balance between putting our kiddos first, setting aside our selfish desires for Me-ness, but not becoming the bitchy martyr mama? Or worse, the empty black hole mama who has nothing left of her own to offer up anymore? This is where I am stuck. I truly do not understand how to navigate this.”
Neither do I! I shouted silently at the screen. And I’m beginning to wonder, who among us does? (If you are her, can you please contact me ASAP.)
“The things that I had wanted my life purposed towards are peripheral at best,” she continues. “I don’t want to be the kind of mama who is always trying to get away from my babies, who resents them for standing between me and The Things I Wanted To Do.”
Preach, sister, preach.
It’s a scary realization to wake up one morning and see that all of the things your life used to center around are have been pushed aside. And at the same time feel this undying devotion to another little human being. Selflessness and selfishness collide in motherhood like nowhere else in life. A friend once told me that no matter what a mother does after the birth of her child (i.e. raises them, gives them up for adoption, leaves them behind) – she is always a mother. No matter how small they may appear, the scars of motherhood are forever on her body and her soul.
In her post, “Calamity Jane” proceeds to give a recipe for homemade playdough (which I am totally making this week, thank you). Just a little something that can make a difference, she says, by letting your child take on some control in a safe environment instead of throwing a control tantrum elsewhere. Awesome. And it made me realize, I need to get some mama playdough. I need to dig the hands of my soul into something squishy and feel in charge of myself again. The world is never going to be the same, I know. I may have given birth to my child, but there are still two people in this body – pre-mama and mama. But just like playdough, if you work two colors together long enough, they will become one.
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There are people out there drowning in pain. We are so busy in our own pools, we often forget what real sadness, real tragedy looks like.
It’s a blessing to be able to hold a child in your arms.
It’s a blessing to chase a toddler around the house.
It’s a blessing to have family to fight with.
I read another mother’s blog this weekend that reminded me: You’ve been given the gift of life, your child has been given a strong, healthy body, and you are surrounded by people who love you enough to want the best for you – even if you have different ideas of what is best. So today, I pass on that reminder to you. And to all mothers (and all “everyones” really) who are struggling with difficult situations in their life right now, keep the faith. George Michael and Bon Jovi may have said it first, but I will say it again: you gotta have faith, keep the faith. We cannot lose our faith. But why? Why is faith so important? And can faith really do much of anything when our back’s up against the wall?
Faith is what drives us. Faith is what makes moving forward in life possible, through all of the impossible situations. Hope for things not seen. Belief in things you can’t describe.
Faith is the anti-drug to desperation.
Faith is what will guide us home, to the peace in our hearts.
Faith is what allows a grieving mother to wake up in the morning and face another day. Faith is what drives a grieving child to succeed in life. Faith is what keeps family close when reality seems so far away.
Faith keeps us near to God. And God keeps us near to sanity.
Faith is the only thing that keeps us safe when the world is falling apart.
So, have some. Take a lot, take a little. Scatter it around your life like sprinkles on a hot fudge sundae. Have faith. And when everything else melts around you, keep it.