Scary Mommy is holding an awesome contest this week. She wants to know what makes us scary, and the scariest Mom will win a prize! She defines scary a little differently than most would think:
"I believe a Scary Mommy is a mother who doesn’t leave the house wearing lipstick at all times. A Scary Mommy loves her kids to death, but will admit to feeling totally overwhelmed and exhausted by the gig. A Scary Mommy doesn’t really care what other people think, and a Scary Mommy thinks that all mothers win when we admit our weaknesses. How would you describe it? It’s up to you!"
As Mom's we each have our own definition of scary. Our kids probably have hundreds examples of how we are scary. My hubby may say my hair in the morning is pretty scary. But as I thought about how I was scary, I didn't think I could answer this question. I didn't think the general idea applied to me - even though I never wear lipstick, love my kids more than life, are willing to go to jail for them, can be gross with the best of them, and admit exhaustion on more than one occasion. But that's a Mom, that's what we do. We do whatever it takes to get the job done.
Then I had a realization. It's not what we think of ourselves, but how other's perceive us.
I am not afraid to
And then there was the occasion at my son's birthday/pool party when I had all the dripping wet children line up on the kitchen floor to sing happy birthday instead of on the carpet. Perfectly sane line of reasoning I thought, until my own son decided he was above everyone else and could stand on the carpet. I did not get overwhelmed and freak out, instead I politely told him to get off the carpet... as my father in law snapped a picture.
My husband, brother, and father-in-law all believe this is the proof that I am the Scariest Mommy. Do you???