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Our Mommy Problem. This article was posted by another blog I follow and felt the urge to comment. Part of me wanted to be bitter and say, “at least people recognize you as a mom!” but I knew that wasn’t fair or productive. I was compelled to comment, though and so I wrote something else. I’d be curious what some of you moms think- those with living children and those without. Here’s my comment: “think this article was well written- I appreciated how it seemed to tackle an issue that many women face (how to integrate the mom identity into her other identities and not let it take over) without being whiny (I have no patience for whiny). To throw another perspective in the boat- I adore being addressed as mom. It is a part of my identity that people don’t see because i don’t have a living child to prove it. But being called “mom” or better yet “Mabel’s mom” is like Christmas to me. And I know of many people who would do anything for that title but life circumstance hasn’t given them the chance. I comment not in any way to say that women shouldn’t complain about being called mom by certain people- the comment in the bar about mommies night out irked me too!- but I wouldn’t want people to stop using the term either- I’m sure the woman with a child after years of infertility might still glow at even an insensitive use of the term. I think this article has made me more mindful of how I use the moniker mom.”
Who Has it Worse? This hit home hard for me. No one has said it out loud so much, but I often feel like people think it’s easier to know ahead of time. This article does a good job of saying it’s not. It’s not easier to know and it’s not easier to not know. Both are hard. Both suck.
Have you read anything that has really hit home this week? Any thoughts on these articles?