Every time I meet a woman, we go over the basic 4:
What is your name?
What do you do?
Are you in a relationship?
Do you have children?
Inevitably, if they have children, we sink into a warm bath of camaraderie. Thank God, we speak the same language.
It’s the silk blouse of a woman’s pant suit and it’s also Eve’s apple – the full implication of guilt, knowing we connect ourselves to others by only the idea of who we are.
We are mothers.
And that means we do things like pretend that is all we are.
It’s easier for conversation.
I met this incredibly intense and interesting woman and I was drawn to her. And, when gifted with a lobster BLT and all of the time in the world, I still drew back to something in common. I started talking about my son’s inability to wipe himself and my feigned disgust – because, as a mother, there is nothing truly disgusting about “the cling”. We loathe it and embrace it so fully that we are nothing short of comical. GROW, but also, never leave. We are insane.
So, we are talking about ass wiping and I realize…my God, I am “that woman”.
I actually have thoughts outside of my maternal realm. But, it’s hard to step outside of that box. We paint our Motherhood on our bodies so completely that, by the end of every day, as much as we rail against the idea of, “I am not ONLY a mother.” (And, by the way, how fucking dare you for even implying it!), we are just that – in thought, word and deed.
And, it must be true because when a beautiful, intelligent woman corners me into conversation, I… talk about wiping asses.
So, I invited her over for processed cheese because that is what one does when forced with being authentic. You can only offer up the least real part of yourself as tribute. “I eat processed cheese. It’s not even food. Hence, I have shown you my weakness.” and then you hopefully talk about shit other than wiping your 6 year old’s ass.
I dreamed the dream. *cue starving (yet very humble) Les Mis understudies*
I made a pact with myself for Tuesday. We will not once talk about our children. We will talk about failed romance and drinking too much and the sight of our thighs in those fucking, god awful Target mirrors or a million other things. But, I have sworn to not talk about my kids. We have more to say to each other.
We must have so much more to say to each other.
Here’s to mold breaking and “processed cheese product”.