Sunday, May 15, 2005

Who is that Masked Mom?

She's an uneasy cross between Superman and June Cleaver, between the Lone Ranger and Jill Taylor, between Spiderman and Marian Cunningham, between Wonder Woman and Rosesanne Connor before the real-life Roseanne's personal dramas drained the show of all its heart.
She has some superpowers--the same ones required of all parents in our demanding times. She juggles: schedules, committments, guilt. She bestows magic kisses on scraped knees while reassuring her boss on the phone that her project is on track. She is the ultimate multi-tasker. If she could be two places at one time, that would still leave her feeling guilty about the third and fourth places she should be...
This space isn't about her superpowers, though, but about the ways she's all too human. Her alter ego--Clark Kent meets Carol Brady?--is often overwhelmed, occasionally panicked, perpetually exhausted.
I am that alter ego--mother of four children, ages 10 to 16, employed full-time, married eighteen years, waiting less and less patiently for all the hard-earned wisdom to kick in so I can relax and coast a while....

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