Those of you who know me know the following two things about me:
One, I hate when people don’t return their f&$#!ing shopping carts, and two, I’m not afraid to put it all out there.
Today I was at the grocery store and I was in the parking lot (putting the ridiculously expensive cake I bought at the last minute for Number 7’s birthday in the car) and there was a woman whose car was parked a couple spots away from mine and she was taking her baby carrier out of the stroller and as she was doing that, a cart that someone left in the middle of a parking space (because they couldn’t manage to walk the three parking spaces to the cart corral to return it) started rolling toward my car, so this mom tried to grab it and as she did that she lost her grip on the baby carrier, let go of the shopping cart, screamed, OH SHIT, and dropped the carrier on the ground with a big thud.
The baby was fine, but he was shaken up and bawling his brains out and the mom was a little frazzled and she said to me, “It wasn’t even mine!” (the cart, not the baby)
I got the cart and put it away and then as she was unbuckling the baby from the seat to console him, I asked her if she was okay.
She was fine. I smiled and thanked her and I felt bad leaving her there, but I was running late to get Number 3 to swim practice and I got in my car and drove away while she was standing there in the middle of the parking lot holding her crying baby.
So why am I sharing this story?
I bet you think it’s because I’m going to tell you to return your f&$!ing carts.
(But return your f&$!ing carts).
The reason I tell that story is because that’s the reason why I started writing this blog.
There are so many moments you have as a parent where you are trying to do the right thing and something goes wrong and you wonder if you did the right thing and you look back and second guess yourself or you convince yourself that you are the only one going through whatever it is you are going through.
And you feel like you are standing alone in the middle of a parking lot (or wherever) trying to protect your kids and make the right choices and people are putting obstacles in your way presenting you with challenges and then you think you do the right thing but you’re not sure and everyone drives away and you’re like What the fuck? Does this shit happen to other people, too?
Yes. It does.
And that’s why I started to put stuff out there. Because so many people are afraid to and it makes us all feel so alone sometimes.
This past April I alluded to the fact that something exciting was on the horizon for me.
That something exciting was supposed to take place this past May or June, but as life often does, it got in the way and things became a little bit delayed.
Well, the time has come.
Over the last four and a half years, Not Your Average Mom has grown into something bigger than I originally imagined.
Most moms aren’t looking for perfection. We are looking for a place where we feel like we belong. Where we feel connected.
I think we’ve created that place here.
And now I want to take it to the next level.
By taking it to the next level, I mean offering more to you. To us.
People tell me that what they love most about this site is that I make them feel normal. I let them know they aren’t alone. I reassure them. I motivate them.
I want to continue to do all those things.
But I also want to do more.
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In Not Your Average Mom lingo, I want to keep writing funny stuff. I want to keep writing stuff that might make you cry. That might make you think. That might make you question. The same stuff I’ve been writing for the past four and a half years.
And then I want to do other stuff. Stuff that you guys would be interested in and that would improve the quality of your lives. Podcasts. Webinars. Skype sessions. A book club. Access to experts. People who can guide and educate you in any area you could use some help in: Finances. Special education. Advocating for your children. Meal planning. These are just some of the possibilities! Whatever you guys want, I want to make it accessible to you.
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