It was a rough night and as we roll up to school to pick up my son, my daughter shouts from the of the back of the car: Mama, are you wearing your pajamas?
DEFLECTION Me: Do you mean am I wearing the pants I slept in?
POINTLESS EXPLANATION Me: Yes. Yes, I am. But they are also pants. Mama sometimes wears her sweatpants to sleep and the next day, too.
Her: I’m not allowed to do that.
PAINFUL TRUTH Me: Yes, mama doesn’t let you wear your clothing to bed or let you wear your pajamas to school. It’s called a double-standard.
Me: So… are you going to tell everyone at school that I’m wearing my pajamas?
REVENGE Her: Oh yes. For sure, mama.
When I’m not defending my right to wear pajamas to school pickup, I’m becoming more popular by reading and writing elsewhere.
My Other Hangouts (don’t tell my blog):
- BlogHer Voice Of The Year: Submissions Are Open!: You can submit your work or another blogger’s work or vote for posts you love. Four of my pieces have been submitted so you can vote for: Being Different Is Not Cute And Fun But Be Yourself Anyway or Gender is A Spectrum Beyond Pink and Blue or The 40th Anniversary of Roe v Wade After The Most Restrictive Years On Abortion or I Refuse To Be Special Because I Chose To Be A Mother (you do need to log in to BlogHer submit or vote)
- On Facebook: My son asked to go to Kindergarten in a blue wig, fairy dress and fairy wings over his Messi replica soccer jersey. Even though I’m proud of how we support our kids, I dislike how much conflict there is between protecting them and supporting them to be themselves. It was great to read your comments and to reread The Yellow Bow.
Favorite posts I didn’t read, I mean, write:
- 7 worst international aid ideas: From 50 cent demanding people like his Facebook page for a new energy drink before he will feed starving child to TOMS making shoes in China and dropping them off in Africa, these are good to know and even better not to do. (insightful)
- Kids Prank Parents With Drug Deal Text (18 Pics): Comedian Nathan Fielder suggested his followers text their parents a fake drug deal then say “oops wrong person.” The best is the Pops who finally replies that he never meant to make the kid in the first place and the second best is the mom who says her son is paying too much for drugs anyway. (hilarious and wrong and NSFW if your boss reads over your shoulder)
- Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim: From Ted Talks, why we need to reform funding for campaigns and elections before anything else. This is not a right or left issue. This is how we save our democracy. I also like how he talks solutions and even makes fun of Ted talks a bit. (IMPORTANT VIDEO especially after the senate vote on not expanding background checks)