I think it's terrific how, as teenagers, we were encouraged to think we were the architects of our future. That's right, little Christina (I knew about ninety Christinas in my era), just work hard and dream big, and you can write your own ticket! The world is your oyster - well, yours and your husband Mike's (also ninety Michaels, they all seemed to be named Michael). Whatever you want to be, you can be! See the world! Have the career of your dreams! The sky is the limit! It was all about jobs and fulfilling ambitions and that Thoreauvian Suck-The-Marrow-Out-Of-Life crap they made into a movie.
I admit, I bought into it. I saw that movie more than once. I even bought the movie. For inspiration. And to share with my own kids once they became teenagers. Oh wait, kids? I don't recall anyone mentioning kids during all of that dreamy brainwashing. Motherosity? Nope, didn't come up. Not once. Why would it? We were supposed to be circling the globe, conquering new worlds, marvelling at how beautiful we all were. Kids were what our parents had, those old farts. We were better than that.
So obviously, given all that fastidious planning and drive early on in life, I've just had yet another stellar weekend. First, I spent a very restful Friday night sitting on the bleachers at Boondocks High, spectating for a middle school cheer competition. There were a lot of kids there. Not sure where they all came from. On all sides of me were seated my fellow beautiful world conquerors, dressed in various sports jerseys and sucking on straws stuck into 80 ounce plastic cups, cups surely filled with the marrow of life. I wasn't sure how I got there, really, until I remembered that one of those kids down there was mine. Her team did well and placed second. I was proud of them, but not so noticeably as some of the female Tom Bradys seated nearby me were disappointed in the results for their own kids' teams.
Saturday morning brought more cheer. More kids. More parents. More bleachers. Seventh Grader's team took second again! Naturally.
With all this victory in the air, you'd think it was just another day in my amazing life, and you'd be right. Because then I did what all those of my generation do after yet another (yawn!) inevitable win: I went grocery shopping. And then! I engaged in a battle of Actions Reap Consequences with Seventh Grader, who was grounded, despite her athletic victories, for numerous homework violations. Fighting with teenagers over completing book projects on time was totally in my master plan for the future, so you know. As was having my head chewed off by Freshman, who had been busy all weekend with volunteer activities for her own cheer team and was clearly exhausted but this did not stop her from expecting to do whatever she wanted to do on Saturday night. I said no, you can't go out, and I paid the price. The price being whatever peace and quiet I thought I had coming for the remainder of the night. All in the plan.
Sunday Funday: Freshman fight hangover, meet birthday party for four year old nephew. Apparently, my sister has a bunch of kids too. Not in my manual for the future, either, but by this time I know that a few chapters seem to have been skipped on the syllabus. Superheroes and balloons and many, many children, plus cake. Cake was certainly in the plan all along, but not necessarily with animal superheroes on it. Then again, everyone's entitled to a few "this never happened" memories, so maybe some crazy exotic night of imbibing with the beautiful people would have resulted in superhero cake being consumed in the original architecture.
But we'll never know now, will we? Because I'm so damn tired from this weekend full of kids that I missed my alarm this morning, and was almost late for my glamorous job. In an office, with a computer and a water cooler. And a Keurig. Keurigs I did not see coming.