Thursday, April 09, 2009


Mrs. Chili wrote an insightful list of ten lessons the universe is making sure she learns for Ten Things Tuesday. I've read it a few times, and it's inspired me to list the lessons the universe is teaching me as a parent, often with extreme prejudice.

  1. You won't be on time. If you are on time, you're in the wrong place.
  2. You will forget something--something like diapers or wipes or a lovie--and yet you will survive.
  3. Your valuable, fragile and delicate possessions are manifestations of your unhealthy attachment to this material world and your child is a master, teaching you about letting go.
  4. You won't be the favorite parent until your son wants a helicopter, rocket ship or jet plane ride. However, to compensate, the dog will curl up next to you on the couch and lick his ass.
  5. You will never see any item you buy in a pair, such as a shoe, sock or mitten, with its partner again after you leave the store.
  6. You will learn to buy multiples of everything, all in the same color.
  7. Even if you just washed them all, there will never be a clean sippy cup when your child is thirsty.
  8. You should apologize to your mom. She was right.
  9. You will see in your child parts of you that you're not too fond of; you will blame this on your DNA.
  10. You will not want your life to be any other way, no matter how appealing that other way may sometimes appear.

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  1. I agree especially #1 and #6. It does not get better with age either, so don't hold your breath.

  2. I'm usually too out of breath to hold it, unless I'm changing the diaper pail bag.

  3. Anonymous10:29 PM

    Ah yes, they are masters of the lesson in releasing attachment. Especially to fragile things, like our egos.

  4. Just don't misplace the soft lovie when you are letting go of things.

  5. Amama: Yes, that's probably the most valuable lesson he keeps teaching me.

    CAGirl: Uh, no, that's not on the list.