Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Motherhood Ben and Jerry's Style

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!

11 comments:

Rachelle said...

Now you just made me want to eat ice cream. I love adding flavors to my motherhood.

Nettie said...

Make mine Chunky Monkey! You make being a woman sound so delicious!

I didn't know you volunteered as a child life specialist. That is one of my someday I just might do that careers. I didn't know you could volunteer to do it. Although, the pay for it being what it is, you might as well! It is such a worthwhile thing to do, and badly needed. But, does it make you cry?

Lei said...

Oh, I love way too many flavors of B&J to associate myself with one flavor, or three! Lol! I guess that is pretty telling...

Love your post!

And lol Nettie!

Doulabean said...

Amen!

My "flavor" is still being developed....and probably always will be!

Gabriela said...

I'm with Nettie, Chunky Monkey!

smartmama said...

nettie - love being a CCLS- I started by volunteering when i was a teacher-- then did my clinical stuff amid grad school- since retiring from my paid work- i keep my fingers in it doing med missions with operational smile and serving as developmental specialist for the vascular birthmarks foundation. highly recommend it-- so fun

Stacy said...

I'm on a DIET!!! But I like the analogy.........

Stephanie said...

My husband is a B&Js ADDICT!!! We have tried them all. I am a cross between Fossil Fuel and Half Baked. This was cute.

itybtyfrog said...

I am totally starving right now!!! If it wasn't for those 10 pesky pounds I put on in the last 4 months I might be running to the store to try out some Ben & Jerry's icecream. How sad is it that I have only had it twice!!! I need to stray from vanilla! Loved the analegy, and I am so impressed with your volunteering.

Linsey said...

being a mom never sound so good! Mmmm... I LOVED this entry!

ShelahBooksIt said...

I am definitely NY Superfudge Chunk. It's from the East Coast. It's a little nutty. It's very satisfying. It has a lot of contrasts (dark/white chips) and a little bit goes a very long way!