On Saturday, Michael said I am not a normal mother. Just to give a bit of context to his comment, he had climbed into bed with us at 7am on Saturday morning, and we had a brief conversation about what each of us would be doing that morning. I was lamenting the fact that I was going to the hair dresser for highlights and saying I would prefer to spend the 3.5 hours finishing the proofing of Through the Nethergate. I finished my statement my saying that most women like going to the hairdresser and find it relaxing. Michael then came out with his intriguing comment.
Of course, I needed to probe this statement. In what way am I not a normal mother?
So I asked him “Why do you think I am not a normal mother?”
“Because normal mothers don’t write books.”
“Really, but most of the people I blog with write books and a lot of them have children too so they are mothers.”
“Yes, but normal mothers don’t blog.”
Okay, the conversation wasn’t going as expected. So I tried another tactic. “So what is your idea of a normal mother then? What do your friends mothers do while I am writing and blogging? Do they bake cakes – I bake cakes [if they bake and I bake, then the gap is breached, isn’t it?]?
“No, they don’t bake. I don’t know what they do but they don’t write, blog or bake.”
“Okay, but they help their kids with homework, don’t they? And I helped you do your costing for the gingerbread men you are going to sell for the Grade 7 Entrepreneur day next month at school.”
“Yes,” he says, “but they don’t spend 2.5 hours showing their children how do do a costing budget in excel and how to calculate the per unit amount and multiply it by the number of units and how to use the look up function and the graph wizard and the sum function.”
I have nothing to say to that. I like to be thorough. What’s the point of me helping him to do a budget that isn’t in excel? Who would ever do the exercise without excel in our modern world? All those functions are useful to know and helpful to.
I give up. Based on Michael’s criteria, I am not a normal mother.
So, I ask you my friends. What is your idea of a normal mother? What do normal mothers do?
BTW, I got to page 120 of TTNG with my proofing and I made 10 really nice advertisements. Here is a sample for you: