As I stood ironing badges onto my third-grader’s Brownie vest this morning, I was reminded of a brilliant entrepreneurial idea I had when her little brother was a baby. Well, at least I thought it was brilliant. Here is her Brownie vest:
Excuse me. But why does she get all the flair? What about me? I think we need Mom and Dad Troop vests. I could open a whole online store, complete with badges and buttons for every kind of hell a parent might conquer, big or small. Here is but the tiniest start of mine. I could go crazy with this:
Only problem? I’d run out of space. I bet you would, too. And moms with grown-up kids? Fuggedabowdit. They’d need a closet full of vests.
Come on, you know you want one.
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Like a magpie, I've always been drawn to things that have sparkle, from rhinestone-embellished housewares to gold lamé get-ups in second-hand stores to shoes that reflect in the sun. But in my interactions with the world, oh, how I can fixate on the not-sparkly stuff: ill-timed traffic lights, a web page that won't load, the impolite server.
Post-pandemic, I took to saying, "Everything's broken, and nothing works." It's not good for the soul, and as a lifelong writer, I've noticed it's also not good for creativity. This blog is about redirecting my attention to what's good in the world -- seeking and finding joy in the same way I notice sparkly objects around me -- and writing about it.
There is an old nursery rhyme about magpies, "One for Sorrow," which tells us a solitary magpie symbolizes sorrow, but two magpies symbolize joy. This blog is about looking harder for the good stuff. Here's to finding those second magpies.
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7 thoughts on “Move Over Brownies: I Got MOM Flair (from the Momplex Blog archives)”
So funny. But then we’d all just be comparing flair all the time and someone would be like that guy on office space that is always talking about his flair!!! There would be drama for sure. 😉
Wha? That would be totally weird if moms started trying to one-upping each other’s parenting horrors like that. 😉 Come to think of it, I retract my idea and beg of anyone who comes across it to PLEASE not run with it. The Mommy Wars would explode.
How about a badge for answering the same question over and over. What about an award for repetetive requests to put shoes away?
The shoes! THE SHOES! I told my daughter once that it was going to say on my gravestone, “All she ever wanted was for them to put their shoes on.”
I’ve awarded you a Liebster award – check it out here: http://multiplemomstrosity.blogspot.ca/2013/03/liebster-award.html
Thank you, SaraBeth! That’s very sweet!
I remember that idea! Loved it then, love it now!