Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Net Total

As Annie points out, there are things we lose along the way to becoming parents. Today I've been thinking about all those little things. They include:
-a belly ring
-red mini skirt (size 4) ~for some reason this one wounds me deeply
-the ability to relax while shopping
-going to movies in the theater
-overnight backpacking trips
-playing pool
-sleeping in on weekends
-sleeping all night, period
-taking showers alone
-never discussing "poop-ey"
-swearing when frustrated
-feeling righteous (instead of guilty) about working

But ho, this list would not be complete without looking at the other side of the coin. Any good analyst looks at the "Pros" along with the "Cons" when balancing a situation. What has being a parent gained me? Let's see...
-an entertainer
-more patience than I ever thought I had
-a fresh take on all the little things in life like flowers, animals, rainbows and snow
-someone to blame when I'm cranky for no good reason (hey, I'm sure she blames me, too when she's cranky)
-becoming one of the most important people in my daughter's life
-a reason to stay home and not have to rush off to a job every morning
-someone who appreciates home-made tomato soup
-an unlimited supply of kisses and giggles
-a reason to buy new clothes every 3 months
-waking up to "Good morning, beautiful" and a hug from my little girl

All in all, I'd say it's well worth the sacrifice. Besides, the only thing on the the first list that I can't ever get back is the red miniskirt. And even if I did fit into it, why would I want to wear it now? I'm someone's mommy.

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