February 2, 2015
She's fresh off of cleaning up after "The Big Game" and as February arrives, she's sure to be ready for the unexpected.
Her month is a visual representation of the saying "stuff happens." A perfectly planned-out week can be nixed up by unexpected, yet realistic events: a snow storm, a trip to the emergency room for a child who tripped over a toy (she told him to clean his room); a late night out with a girlfriend who just acquired last- minute concert tickets (she's been needing a girl's night out); or a ride in a tow truck because her car broke down (she's been meaning to check out that engine rattle). New Year's resolutions are either a thing of the past or a goal she is really struggling to make happen. Static cling and winter's dry air have fabric softener and lotion consistently on her shopping list, right under Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and Dole Ready Pac Salad. She's forced to look ahead to book that flight for a summer trip or to enroll in a class that will get her closer to a degree, not just because her calendar fills up fast, but so she can budget accordingly. Proms, graduations (all ages), birthdays, and anniversaries can really challenge a budget. She is reminded of this as tax forms fill her mailbox, along with numerous catalogues that want her business. She's preparing for President's weekend either by planning a trip or childcare for her kids due to this school holiday. Television shows like the Real Housewives from somewhere try to glamorize a woman's role but instead present a busy, complicated yet well-accessorized and wealthy life that is far different from the days of a real-life working mom. She gabs with the girls at her kickboxing class about the new organic coffeehouse that will soon open in her town, while gossiping about a fourth grade teacher who is giving her child too much homework. She's stuck in traffic and yaks on her Bluetooth to a girlfriend about a guy she met last night, wondering if he's her Mr. Right. She's wishing she savored the moments shown in the baby pictures of her soon-to-be graduating child. What once started as a Polaroid slide show is now a file of digital Shutterfly moments.
...Don't blink, life goes faster than she thinks.
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