Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Seesaws and Circus Acts

Composed as a written audition to the assigned topic of "maternal balance," this little piece from 3+ years ago was discovered in an archived folder on the laptop yesterday. Forgive if it's a wee bit off-color...just thought 'twas a message worth sharing. --CRL

In a perpetual quandary on how to “balance” your multiple roles?

Loving mother. Adoring wife. Successful professional. Fulfilled woman.

Ignore the propaganda promulgating the misconception that success as a mother and success in other arenas must be mutually exclusive. Use of the word “balance” suggests disparate, divergent aspects…polar ends of a spectrum, teetering precariously on a fulcrum.

Equally offensive is the oft-applied term “juggling”…as if we are never maintaining a genuine grip any of the roles we fill. Sure, catching each ball and re-throwing each aloft rapidly requires skillful, practiced dexterity…yet to all appearances provides minimal enjoyment for the juggler. Ever seen a “relaxed” expression on a juggler’s face? Men protect---even fondle---their balls.

We should, too.
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Dana said...

Well said, I like to think of myself as just living. Its not a balancing act or juggling act and its definitely not an act. I am living.

cat said...

I had such a laugh, thinking about my life and blogname!

BoufMom9 said...

LOL, great piece :)

Barbara Manatee said...

lol! well put! you and I have each commented on this issue before...and the debate still goes on!

Steph said...


Trenches of Mommyhood said...

Love it!

Dianna@KennedyAdventures said...

juggle on, momma!!