Someone much deeper than me once said “comparison is the thief of joy”... and it resonated so much with moms in our mid thirties that if you don’t own a tea towel, a coffee mug, or one of those bitchin’ DIY wood signs with that mantra on it, are you even basic anymore?! We suburban moms cling to that saying like my five year old holds on to her “hi-pad”. There is comfort in reminding ourselves that just because Karen has the latest model SUV and her kids always look like it is picture day, something somewhere in Karen’s life is just as effed up as our own. Maybe her husband doesn’t like her. Maybe she is struggling with whether or not to medicate her young son who acts more like young Tarzan than the sweet mild mannered Braydyn he was meant to be. Maybe she has the smelliest gas of anyone she knows, and Taco Tuesday and margs with friends is quite literally a death sentence for her. Hell, I don’t know what keeps her up at night 🤷♀️.
As women, especially of the variety in charge of keeping small humans alive on a daily basis, we have GOT to stop the idea that everyone else has it made. One of us may have money problems on one hand, and happy healthy children on the other. Another may have the most badass house on Wisteria Lane, but battles depression every single day as she watches her parent pass away from a horrible illness. And then there’s Karen... we think we know what she struggles with 🤦♀️🌮🍻. Bless her heart. We should pray. Dear Jesus, please guide Karen’s doctors to a resolution for her embarrassing gas problems. Hasn’t she been through enough?! Amen.
I feel like there has been such a big push on social media lately for positivity between women, and I am loving it!! Be proud. Be excited. Be happy. Don’t be envious, because nine times out of ten, that lush green grass in her yard is spray painted because she has a black thumb that could kill a cactus in the desert. You do you, girl. Love your people. Live YOUR reality. And for the sake of Pete, order you one of them there fancy tea towels if you haven’t already done so. Just be sure to warn your children that if they touch them, they may very well lose a hand. #thesouth #thoseareforcompany #trymechild #theanxietymom