Thursday, May 14, 2009

Mother of Four Kids

I read a book called "The Middle Place" by Kelly Corrigan this week, and she is my new favorite person.  I wish I could have her on speed-dial for whenever I have completely failed to live up to the ridiculously high expectations that society and I heap upon myself.  Here's the quote that made me fall in love:

"The way I see it, if you have four kids, you don't really have to do anything else, ever.  Three kids is a handful, but one that many people manage to hold.  If you're a mother of four, you definitely don't have to have a career or volunteer for the school fundraiser or even bring an appetizer to the dinner party.  In fact, people give you a lot of credit for wearing both earrings and knowing how to spell "chaos" and "anti-depressant."  Four kids gives you a pass for every forgotten birthday, overlooked appointment, and missing form.  Plus, you can be late for everything the rest of your life and never return phone calls.  Who's gonna blame you?"

The people that have five kids, that's who.  Can you imagine how the church, school system, and local economy would collapse if everyone with four or more kids in Utah quit doing anything at all?  Good thing I'm friends with a lot of mothers of just three kids, so they can pick up my slack.  


rachel said...

I like that quote! I feel like once I had four kids, I became much less functional! But, I can still spell chaos and anti-depressant, so hey, I am not doing to bad, eh? Is the book about parenting, or is this just a random quote?


I love this! I'm about to copy and paste it into my blog!