Hey Mallrats, This is Your Future
As a new mom, I hate going to the mall because every time I do there are pretty teenage girls and they all give me that look. The one that screams, "I SO desperately want to give you a makeover!"
As a new mom, I hate going to the mall because every time I do there are pretty teenage girls and they all give me that look. I know the look well because I used to wear short shorts with lace v-necks and high waisted belts and I used to to stare at other people with that look. The one that screams, “I SO desperately want to give you a makeover!” The one that questions, “Why didn’t you shower today? Why aren’t you wearing makeup? Why, for the love of God, are you wearing pajama bottoms while your two-year-old has a meltdown on the floor of H&M?”
Well, Taylor Swift wanna-bes…I have news for you.
This is your future.
Motherhood is hard and if you plan to have a family, you have to accept the bad days. Embrace them both whole-heartedly and leave some wiggle room. Some space to laugh at the situation and know that it gets better.
You have to know that one day, your beloved MacBook Pro will break down and you will have no choice but to wake up your toddler and infant from their nap to rush into the Apple Store and salvage the electronics that your work-from-home job depends on. This is life. Be ready for it. And when it happens, be prepared for the fact that you will have to try very hard not to care about the pretty teenage girls staring at you on your worst day of the week. You will have to try not to be too hard on yourself. Because you’ll know that you’re doing the very best you can.
And when you’re done enduring the tantrum and the broken stuff and the awkward looks, remember to take a minute for yourself. The ability to regroup is the key to motherhood. Get your butt home and tell your husband that he needs to watch the kids for a couple hours while you go get a mani-pedi and have some highlights done.
Go back to that damn mall and smile proudly. Buy yourself some new boots. Because girl, ten years from now when you don’t have the luxury of free time or nice things or self-indulgence…that’s when you’ll deserve it most.
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