Oh yes! You heard me right - "Every Mom Needs a Phone Booth". Why? you may be wondering...
When I was a girl, Superman was a famous super hero who was synonymous with a phone booth. If you asked Superman followers "where does Clark Kent change into Superman?" most of us would answer quickly and tell you that he changed in a phone booth. My love of Superman didn't last long and I do not claim to be the expert on superheroes or Superman. I do however claim to be a bumbling idiot when it comes to being an adult. I don't say that because I want your pity - I say it because I am simply doing the best I can under the circumstances and when it comes to being a wife and mother, I'm usually just happy to have made it to bedtime without a visit to the ER. I no longer consider it a maternal crime to put children to bed in day clothes, and I've been known to allow macaroni and cheese for breakfast. Those examples may give you a clearer idea of why 'bumbling idiot' is suitable.
My children didn't come with an instruction manual that was specific to them. I lean on the Bible as my guide, but for some reason I cannot find any reference to teeth brushing or crayon eating and there is no map ready to guide me to whatever household monster has eaten all of our socks. Again, I am just happy that we are all alive at the end of the day. If you ask my children, it's an entirely different story. Their mother is their hero. I have powers beyond that of an average human. Here are just a few examples:
A single 'mommy kiss' can take the burn out of a paper cut or instantly heal a skinned knee.
Mommy hugs can help someone who isn't tired at all fall right to sleep.
A song sun by mommy right before bed can scare away monsters, dragons, and dinosaurs.
Mommy is all knowing and has the answers to every question imaginable.
Mommy is the best cook in the world and even cereal tastes better when mommy makes it.
That's a lot to live up to, and I didn't even mention that my son thinks I am the most beautiful girl in the world with the softest skin. This admiration leaves me breathless and speechless. I know as the children get older, they will come to the realization that I am simple. I do not have any super powers, and I don't even have a cape. In the meantime, I will enjoy every moment. In my mind I will be called "Captain Bumble" and my superhero outfit will be pink and purple with a sparkly cape and thigh high boots with sequins. Of course, I'll need a phone booth so I can change into my outfit ... I wouldn't want the rest of the world to know about the stained yoga pants I've been wearing since yesterday afternoon ...
I am no different than other mothers. You all deserve a phone booth, a super hero costume, and an alias. No matter what age your child is, or what they think of you, you are likely juggling a home, a job or career, relationships with friends, a husband/boyfriend/significant other, and all the demands of ordinary life. At 15, had you been given a video tape of your current life, you would have thought 'there's no way I can do all that'. But guess what? You are! You are holding it all together! Some days are easier than others, but the truth is you are amazing. Whether you recognize it or not, YOU are someones Super Hero!
May your paths be abundantly filled with lemons, sugar, sunshine, and phone booths!
My Father traveled for work, and began to collect charms for my mother. She has since passed two heavily laden charm bracelets on to me. I am thinking it's time to buy just one last charm for those bracelets, what do you think: http://www.amazon.com/Phone-Booth-Charm-Sterling-Silver/dp/B004I6FJXU ???????