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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Dear Family, I am inhabiting an alternate universe.

Dear family,

I just thought I'd let you know that I am inhabiting an alternate universe. So if I don't jump right up to get you another glass of juice or find the jar of mayonnaise that is right in front of you on the top left side of the fridge, don't worry. I just thought I'd let you know.

No, it isn't Second Life or something creepy like that. It is a universe where mothers are always right, always witty and pretty and kind. They are supportive of one another and they let non-mothers visit anytime they want. Some I admire from afar, others I have actually come face to face with, so to speak and others kind of scare me but much like a car crash I can't look away. But I can go all over the world and peek in on other's lives, kind of like driving around at night peeking in windows. I think it makes us all feel better that we are not alone in this universe.

I'm not leaving you - yet, but I do find myself spending more and more time there when you all are at school and work. The reason I haven't mentioned it is because you wouldn't get it. Kind of like how grown-ups don't get the video games you play. It is kind of like Webkinz world, which I know you don't visit anymore (oh, those were the days of carefree innocence) I meet new people from all over the world everyday and make new friends. I know you can't believe it but mothers need to have their own life too.

In this world, no one talks back. Well, they call it commenting and it is usually done nicely and anyways I can't see if their are rolling their eyes. No one cares if I have one more glass of wine, in fact it is encouraged and unlike facebook everyone usually uses correct spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Yes, we share pictures of our families because everyone wants to have a face to put with the detailed description of your potty training or first date or man cold. But we also share photos of places we have visited, rooms we would like to live in and the food other than hotdogs and Kraft Dinner we would like to have the time to make and enjoy.

Don't worry though, I have no intention of moving permanently to this world but just to let you know if you can't find me that's where I'll be.


  1. So far everyone has seemed very nice on the blogs. I think the lack of facial expression helps. Things I say can shock folks. They can't understand that I am being sarcastic. Then, I look guilty - like I did something wrong when I was just trying to lighten their day. Oh well... maybe as one posted, we are a little brighter. Humor is a sign of a higher IQ. Some really can't loosen up to laugh :-( I just try to stay away from them.

  2. I might as well have written this post. Literally, I'm copying and pasting into my blog right now. (JUST kidding!) I feel the same way.. it isn't possible for them to completely understand, but somehow this world, these relationships are VERY real and as important as the "real" real.

    And we do need our "me" Mom time.. really need it!

  3. Go right ahead CDB, copy away. I am so glad I am not alone in how I feel about blogging.

    And Hit 40, I hope I am one of the funny ones, there is definately sacrcasm underlying alot of what I say.

  4. Great first post to wander in on. Isn't it nice we have something of our own other than finding other people's stuff around the house?

  5. All I had to read was the first paragraph and know that we are kindred. Happy Passover and Easter. Right there with ya!


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