I’m about to get a massive content dump out. Get ready to light a match.
Last week marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Some people think once women become mothers, they can’t fathom having an abortion. Here’s what I think about that:
Abortion never comes up at the playground or the parent pick-up line. Mothers, it’s true, rarely, if ever, talk about abortion. We barely talk about miscarriages, either, except to say we’ve had them and then offer each other apologies and sympathy. But we know who has had them. Abortion? I told only my closest friends and I went by myself to face the gruesome, inaccurate and inflammatory signs held by protesters attempting to lure me away from the door as if a woman having made a decision is a fickle thing that can be swayed with macabre arts and crafts.
From Why I Chose Abortion After Becoming a Mom at iVillage.
Slasher, The Kid and I are trying something different this year: optimism. Feel free to join us as we fill our three jars of gratitude:
I like the idea of changing how I react to less than ideal situations: it could be an unsupportive person, the daily grind of boredom, rush hour traffic, or very serious things like financial and health concerns. When so much of our lives seem out of our control, we do have the ability to not include ourselves in drama, gossip or – as my family did last week – screaming at bad drivers.
Usually I yell obscenities at people who can’t drive, but this time, and out of nowhere, we decided to scream happy things at terrible drivers like BEST DECISION OF YOUR LIFE and GREAT HAIR. Immediately our trip to the mall became a rip-roaring joy ride.
How about taking on the sugar nazis at pre-school? Yep, I wrote about that too:
At pre-school, there are three approved “treats” for birthdays: Jello, soft pretzels and popcorn. The times I have celebrated my own birthday with any of these three things: exactly zero. Oh, to be a kid today. Or, a parent that really wants to bring anything remotely laden with sugar.
And finally, my five favorite books for mothers without advice.
I also did a Potty Training Tips Video
Released 100 Things to Do With Your Kids in Philly Before They Grow Up
Debated women in combat.
It’s not everything, but you get the idea.