Saying "I'll never to that!" is the fastest way to find yourself backpedaling to justify your actions when you actually DO what you swore up and down you'd never be caught dead doing.
It's time to fess up.
Here's what made me eat crow lately:
:: "I'll never mow the lawn"
I always considered this a husband job. Plus, I have allergies. And I don't really like being dirty. So, although I would be happy to help pull weeds or plant flowers, I never actually mowed. Until the recent bathroom remodel. Kristopher was busy doing construction stuff in the afternoons and on the weekends and the grass was getting so high that it was hard to see Sassy when she walked around in the yard (only a slight exaggeration). It was time to take matters into my own hands. I mowed the whole yard during the kids' naptime on two separate occasions. It was a dark period that I hope to never revisit. And, coincidentally, I just hired a yard guy that starts this week.
:: "I'll never allow my child to regularly watch TV"
I count on Blue's Clues to give me a chance to blow dry my hair and fix dinner. It's practically a safety measure at this point, because there's no telling what Barrett could get into when my attention is focused on something else for a nanosecond.
:: "I'll never feed my toddler processed foods. Or gummy fruit snacks. Or frozen pizza. Or gross quantities of animal crackers."
Hey, an animal cracker bribe to give me a peaceful trip through the grocery/Hobby Lobby/doctor's office is waaaayy better than being "that girl" with the screaming toddler. Really, you should be thanking me for this one. Don't leave home without animal crackers...
:: "I'll never be one of those moms who can only talk about her children"
ahem, this blog...
:: "I'll never be a stay-at-home mom"
That's right, y'all. As of last week, I am no longer a practicing attorney. Ever since Barrett was deemed ineligible for daycare because of his heart troubles, I've been working from home for my firm on a part time basis. I never planned to stay at home, but after Barrett was born and we were faced with unexpected medical issues, all of our plans changed.
I can vividly remember saying to myself in law school that I couldn't understand how a woman could work so hard to succeed in the legal field, only to stay at home soon after. It seemed like a waste: trading diapers and playdates for all of those hours studying for exams, editing law review papers, and cramming for the bar exam.
But now that I am grounded in the real world, instead of up on my soapbox, I can see that I'm doing what really matters most to me -- being with my babies and cherishing their everyday moments.
And I've never been happier.Although part of me is sad that I no longer have an office or a need for a wardrobe of suits, it somehow feels like my new job is even more important. Go figure ~ ~
Now it's your turn -- have you ever had to eat crow? Go on, confess.
It doesn't taste so bad... I'm starting to get used to it.