Those that despise people will never get the best out of others and themselves. - de Tocqueville

November 4, 2010

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Its been a crazy week here. At work, we have our Annual Meeting on Friday, which means that I've been going in early and working until late, late, late - end result being that mostly the only way I've seen E is as you seen him here: conked out, snuggled up with two bears. However, this morning I was able to get him dressed and play a round of "Go Fish" with him before he and his dad left for the morning, so that's a win.

And lets not even mention the election, okay? Okay.

We've finally found a new childcare situation for him; a real pre-school (with classrooms and everything). 16 other kids (including Boys!) in the class. I'll tell you more about that in a bit.

I'm sure you've seen this by now, but if you haven't its worth a read (if only for the awesome photo: My Son is Gay
"If my daughter had dressed as Batman, no one would have thought twice about it. No one."

E wanted, originally, to go as a pink cat for Halloween, but I convinced him that black cats were scarier. Partly its because I was having images of The Pink Bunny Suit from A Christmas Story in my head. But partly its because I knew what his (honestly, really progressive) dad would say. Which he did actually say, when we presented the black cat idea to him (afterwards, out of earshot). "Its kinda girly".


A few days ago a friend posted this link on her blog:
You Might Be a Counterculture Mama if....

Honestly, after reading it, my conclusion was that you might not be a counterculture Mama if you have to work to support your family, since a lot of those indicators are simply out of reach if you work in an office 8 hours a day.

Finally, I said I wasn't going to talk about the elections, but here's something of interest: The Midterms and the "New Momism": The Takeaway for Working Moms.

I've written here before about my mixed feelings about Sarah Palin, and this article touches on that. Politically, I'm about as far away from her as you can get. But I have to admire, a little bit, any woman who can seamlessly combine parenting (including a special needs newborn) with Governing a State. Be sure to check out the New York Times article on the same subject that's mentioned in the text.


jenne.heise said...

I think a lot of things on the counterculture list are breastfeeding and cloth diapering ones. I was able to breastfeed for a good long time and probably would be breastfeeding still... but I had support from my workplace, and I really HATED the smell of formula, plus we were broke. As for the cloth nappies-- a significant number of day cares will actually work with a cloth-diapering situation. But that doesn't mean we are bad people for using Huggies (ok, I have my doubts about the Moral Implications of buying Target diapers as I do!)

But, yeah, there are 8-hour-a-day counterculture moms, some even with working dads and no nannies; but I do wonder if they have any other life.

I'm relieved I'm not one of them, even if I have squirted breastmilk in my child's nose. :)