Happy Mother’s Day, internet. Sorry I’m late. But honestly, I’m almost always late these days. Occasionally early, but just about never on time. So, at least I’m consistent…
That’s the thing about Motherhood though — every day you show up with goals and you frequently don’t achieve them. Not because you don’t plan, not because you don’t have your priorities straight, not because you don’t know what you’re doing. Just because SHI– stuff happens.
Whether it’s an unexpected puke fest, stepping on a Lego, rushing forgotten homework assignments to school, or whatever else comes up, there’s only one way to get through it without hating your life.
No, the answer is not a nanny. (Though, that would probably help.)
The answer, is laughter.
Let’s face it: if we can’t laugh our way through this, we will not survive. Having a sense of humor, letting go of the dumb stuff, and just generally having a good time is VITAL to being a good mom. (SOMEONE PLEASE ADD THAT TO A “HOW TO MOM” BOOK, STAT!)
About three years ago, I signed up for an improv class at Push Comedy Theater. At the time, my daughter was almost 2 and my son was 5 months old. I worked part-time from home. I lived 800 miles away from my family. I had wee bit of postpartum depression. Oh, and my husband was deployed for nine months. GOOD TIMES.
Was it easy for me to pay a babysitter on top of tuition? Nope.
Was it easy for me to be awake and alert from 7-10pm? Not really, but I wasn’t used to sleeping a whole lot anyway. (Thanks, son.)
Was it easy for me to step out of my comfort zone and try something new? Absolutely not.
But, as I quickly figured out, it was the most fun ever. And that is priceless.
Showing up somewhere each week where you’re expected to leave your drama at the door and just be present is A GIFT. Being known by your first name and not XYZ’s mom is A TREAT. Having the opportunity to do something different, something that scares you, and something that you’re actually kind of good at, is WHAT LIFE’S ABOUT.
And doing all of those things, cultivating deep friendships, being part of a community that values laughter and fun is exactly why I haven’t stopped since. (And also probably why you should try it!)
About six months ago I had an idea to bring a few moms together and make fun of our lives and celebrate the chaos that is being a parent. And on Sunday, May 21 at noon, it’s happening. Our show will NOT be perfect. It’s happening months later than we originally intended it to. And I’m sure something will go haywire day of because #life. But I’m also sure that it will be a damn good time.
Because that’s what mom’s do.
We show up.
We have fun.
And we laugh when things don’t go according to plan.
If you’re in on the joke, meet us there.
Push Comedy Theater
12 noon, $10,
Tickets available here.
Mom Jeans is Courtney Wolter-Grilli, Erin Lindstrom, Lucy WIlliams Hall, Jessa Gaul, Jen Weir-Edwards and Andrea Bourguignon.