It was a question posed in an episode of WireTap on a looooong road trip to Yellowstone to visit my sister, who daily toughs it out as a stay-at-home-Mom of two. (the stamina! the patience! the poop!)
I posed the question to my facebook friends. Some of the answers were about physical work. Some were about protecting loved ones. Here are some more:
-After doing home improvements, all by myself. With a power drill.
-When I let out a really big fart -When I am politely but firmly standing up to a curmudgeonly, jaded venue tech who not-so-secretly thinks girls shouldn't run shows (from a female stage manager)
-When I swear at children -When I'm carrying my purse, a full diaper bag, a one year old, a bag full of clothes, pushing a stroller full of groceries, with a 3 and 5 year old in tow through a locked door by myself.
I went to her ballet recital last weekend...when she was still 4. She's in 'pre-ballet', but wants to try hip-hop next year. The recital cost $12 and it was in an Arts Centre. It was assigned seating. There were video clips! Of superheroes! And a fog machine! And big kids! Serious business.
Dear Girl was on the stage for about 90 seconds, as she pointed her toes and paraded around the stage in her leotard and tutu, following in a line behind her teacher. It was a Dora-themed number. I grinned and grinned.
I grew up in a Small Town. There was a bank and a pizza place, and four churches. A tiny MCC. An insurance office. And a unit on the corner of the one three-way-stop, that since the antique place closed down, has changed hands every time I drive by. My parents live in the house I grew up in, and my sister and her family four houses down from them.