My friend Lei over at My Many Colored Days was talking about motherhood and distinguishing yourself - Well it got me thinking how our talents and interests are what make us distinct, the term I have always used is "MOM FLAVORS".
For my analogy, I'll use Ben and Jerry's (cause they are a good ole New England brand-I recommend a factory tour to all visiting Vermont) and cause they have the most exotic and tasty blends of premium ice cream around (which were essential to my life during college- study abroad in jerusalem, etc). We all have a base (ice cream) which takes up most of our space and time - Motherhood--( each of us are slightly different in our approaches--vanilla bean, french vanilla, chocolate, etc) and then we each add our special goods-swirls of fudge, chunks of cookie dough, little bits of succulent fruit. Getting the balance just right is critical
I add some art, some dinner parties, some floral design and cake making, my volunteer work as a child life specialist -- and voila I am the mom version of Phish food-- Some moms are musical moms, some moms outdoorsy, some are good readers, some are writers, some are good friends. My mom was a great cook, a great nurse, always involved, as well as being a mom to everyone young and old alike. Each combo of flavors is great and each is different and often a suprising delight of a previously undiscovered ingredient medley! How great to have so many flavors.
So mother on- Chubby Hubby, and Cherry Garcia, and Neopolitain Dynamite!