Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sweet Talkin a Stay at Home Mom: Relevant Role Reversals

There is this old Bob Hope movie, Stranger in Paradise, in which a confirmed bachelor, and investigative reporter(Hope), moves into one of the newest western sub-divisions to live amongst the new breed of suburbanites. Hilarity ensues as he becomes the guru of every housewife on the block. Michael Keaton did something similar decades later in Mr. Mom. They all start with men that figure "how difficult could it be," and then they do it. More hilarity ensues. And women everywhere smile a little smugly.

Recently I read an article by a stay-at-home dad, Christopher Harder. It all started typically, role reversal... blah...blah...blah. But then, it morphed into a really nice tribute piece that brightened my day:

"Staying at home is a marathon, not a sprint. Stay-at-home moms need to string together months and years of such days. Their strength lies in their ability to store vast reserves of the energy, patience, resilience, and affection required to raise a child. Marathoners need a healthy heart, and so do stay-at-home moms."
Keep going like that, and you'll get a few numbers at the playground pal!

Here's to continually ensuing hilarity of the parental kind.




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