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What Kind of Mom is Marlene?

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My “baby” just turned 18 (yikes!). I have two kids, but I’m not your typical mom. My son once told me  I don’t do “mom things.” 

He said I don’t cook that well, and I don’t sew that well either (ouch!). I pointed out that dads do “mom things” too and often do them really well.

As for me, if I make a burger, you may have to scrape off  the burnt part.  And if I sew a button on a shirt, chances are it will fall off within a week.

My mom is more your typical mom.  She did “mom things” and did them extremely well, plus, she raised four kids.

Now here I am today struggling to raise two, and mine are both teenagers.  My dad was right when he said, “Just wait till you have kids of your own!”. Looks like payback time!

Unlike my mom, I am not a stay-at-home mom.  I’m not nearly as organized as I’d like to be.  I’m not very crafty,  and I don’t have time to bake much anymore.  My daughter is the baker now.  She is quite adept at making slice-and-bake cookies.  I taught her well!

Making lunches consists of slapping lunch meat on some bread at 11:30 the night before and hoping the bread isn’t stale and I have sandwich bags.  Luckily for me (and my kids), they make their own sandwiches now.

I may not do many “mom things”, and my life is sometimes a disorganized mess.  But not a day goes by that I don’t worry about my kids.  In that respect I’m exactly like my mom, and moms everywhere.  And when I’m in a store and hear a little voice yell “Mom!!” (even if the kid is a toddler),  I turn around and instinctively reply, “What?”  I believe that’s a universal mom thing.

Come to think of it, maybe I am a typical mom after all.

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