What do I know?


My last post caught some flak from working moms who thought I was coming down on them. I changed my post to reflect the fact that I can only speak to stay-at-home moms. I don’t know anything about being a mom who also has to work outside the home. In the midst of the flak, a friend told me that the tone of my blog makes me sound like a know-it-all. Ouch! I told her, and I want to tell anyone else who cares, that I hate giving an apologetic opinion. I don’t want to qualify every post with a “that’s just my opinion” ending. I hope that it is understood that every post is just my opinion.

When I was a young mother, I wanted the security of someone sold on their advice and experience. No one wants to get advice from someone who only mildly believes what she is saying. If we waited till we knew everything, we could never help each other. so, I started to wonder, what do I know for sure?  What opinions would I defend hotly in the face of opposition? So, here is what I have so far:

I know, but trust me.

If you eat pancakes for breakfast, and only pancakes, you will feel like crap the rest of the morning. Maybe the whole day. Syrup only makes this more true. If you drink orange juice with this “meal”, you might as well call in sick.

The risk outweighs to benefits when it comes to airshows, as in the shows with planes doing tricks. Unless it is the Blue Angels or the Thunderbirds, I”m talking military, precision professionals, stay home.

step away from the scissors

Unless you are a hairdresser, your hair will not come out right if you cut it yourself. Even a little bit. If you have the skills, you probably don’t have the very expensive professional scissors needed to do the magic they do. We are dependent on them.  Sad but true.

You shouldn’t put away your winter clothes until Memorial Day weekend. It will get cold again, just to mess with you.

Revlon Colorstay lipstick in Everlasting Rum color is the best lipstick. That was not a paid endorsement, as much as I wish it was. It is just true. If you put it on in the morning, it will still be there in the evening.

I leave out other things, like God and Jesus and love and life and parenting because what is fact and what is opinion gets really fuzzy from person to person. Of course I would defend the facts about God and Jesus, regardless of someone’s opinion.And I want to believe that what works for me in my home is factual. But when it comes down to how I live and the choices I make, I am a fan of my life and how it has turned out so far. I want to spread the excitement about what has turned out good and warn others away from what has not. These are the things I know. They are silly and few. I wanted to let everyone know that writing about it doesn’t mean I think I have all the answers. I just have a few. They were given to me, so I feel I should pass them on to you. Thanks for humoring me as I pay all that forward.