Being a people pleaser, I felt it my duty to allow every single one of the 182 other Quick Takes bloggers to add their weekly Quick Takes before mine. You are welcome.
I’d like to start out by giving an award. It’s titled: Cruelest Suburban Marketing Ploy. Somewhere, an ad wizard decided it would be a good idea to create a modified checkout line at big stores such as JoAnne’s Fabrics, Office Depot, and Best Buy. I imagine he twirled his mustache and laughed evilly whilst outlining his plan. (And yes, it definitely was a ‘he.’)
I call this ploy “The Gauntlet.”
It consists of a narrow aisle lined by dozens of bins of clearance items, last-minute “finds,” candy and junk food. On behalf of all haggard mothers everywhere, I’d like to thank you, Mr. Marketing Executive, for providing one last opportunity for my children to meltdown completely. I really don’t know how I’d make it into heaven without the sacrifices I offer up during those interminable last few feet before escaping your store. So, from the bottom of my sarcastic heart, thank you.
On a less sarcastic note, I’d like to send a shout out to God. You see, every time one of my kids seems to be pushing me to the brink of my patience, I experience relief in the form of sickness or injury. I don’t consider myself a very naturally empathetic mother, mainly because I know that I really have to work at feeling empathy for my li’l ones. But when one of my babies gets sick, my mothering light truly does shine.
Just 2 days ago, I wrote about the 2-year-old honey badger I live with. Today he woke up complaining of neck pain and with very limited motion. After a harrowing morning of holding him while he cried, and of me one-handed Googling “spinal meningitis symptoms,” (I KNOW, right?!) I was relieved of my worries by my dear sister-in-law Cathy, a nurse practitioner. It was at her suggestion of an injury that I remembered that Zeke had spent a good 3 hours yesterday paddling around my in-law’s pool wearing this floatie:
and he had most likely strained his neck by holding his head back to keep the water out of his mouth.
Poor, poor baby honey badger. Come to Mama.
At any rate, I was reminded of how every time things seem completely out of balance, I get a little respite. It may seem odd to be thankful for an injury, so I should clarify that that’s not what I mean. What I am thankful for are the motherly feelings I get from caring for a sad child. It allows us to reconnect and to remind me that he is indeed a very tiny human who needs affection, rather than a rabid animal in need of containment.
I am pretty much out of the loop when it comes to any and all pop culture, so forgive me for being months late on this:
H/T to my little brother for sharing this awesome sister duo. I imagine that I would have been just like them had I 1) been born with a recordable singing voice, 2) great looks and a retro style, and 3) a sister who was closer to my own age.
I have a new Facebook friend. Her name is Heather, and you should check out her blog, Mama Knows, Honeychild. (If you’re here from Conversion Diary, then you already know about her humorous ways.) Heather has a gift for side-splitting humor and touching insights. And she can draw like art is going out of style. Ha! That sounded insulting, but really it’s not. Her art is funny and surprising.
I’ve been really worried about what’s happening in Egypt. Everyone is, you say. Well, of course. The difference is that I generally do not know about anything going on the world, so for me to be worried means that things must be really bad.
Today my friend Heather (of the Mama Knows fame) posted on her Facebook page that she has cousins who are Coptic Christians living in Egypt. Generally when she asks about them, they are nonchalant and say they are fine. But now even they are worried and asking for prayers.
Will you join me in praying for all Egyptians, and for peace in the region?
The reasons I don’t watch or read too much news are that 1) I find most of it unbearably biased, and 2) it’s incredibly depressing. That’s why I was elated to see this image being shared on Facebook today:
Muslims protecting Coptic Christians during a mass at St. Mark’s Cathedral
If someone could share the credit for this photo, I would be very grateful. I found this one on a secondary site that didn’t give any photo credit, and I can’t read the watermark.
On a lighter note, my kids are cute.
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