Why Mothers and Martinis Are Alike
when all is said and done, may actually be the best mom of them all. She was fiercely protective, always supportive, tough on them when called for, and most importantly knew that when all else fails, a good plate of pasta cures all.
Now we know when your Mom passes away, there is a tendency to elevate her to sainthood. But the truth is, our Moms weren't perfect -- thank goodness! And it's really the "imperfect" things that we most cherish now. Especially after we became Moms and realized how tough this job called Mom really is. So to some of you younger Moms out there, who are living that "imperfect" guilt thing, here's a little Mother's Day advice.
1. Your child will not be scarred for life because his/her public meltdown led to your public meltdown. Yes, we know you thought you'd never be "one of those mothers" losing it in the middle of the super market aisle, but just get over it. We did. They did.
2. Despite the "new" warnings that children under two years old shouldn't watch TV, just remember most adult "children" under the age of forty grew up on Sesame Street and Barney and have turned out just fine (except for the serial killers).
3. Buying store bought cookies at the last minute and transferring them to a shoe box, and passing them off as homemade at the PTA bake sale may just save your sanity. Those other Moms should get a life or a job.
4. That kid who keeps saying "You've ruined my life" will, believe it or not, actually come to appreciate you and your imperfections....although do not expect this to happen until they're out of college and out of your house (hopefully before they're 40.)
5. The things you feel guilty about, your kids won’t even remember when you bring it up over dinner when they’ve reached their twenties. And then of course, they’ll shock you with all the things they did that you didn’t know they did. So you’ll have new things to feel guilty about, like where the heck were we when they were driving the family car around town at the age of 14.
6. And if all else fails, forget being the perfect Mom and learn to make the perfect martini.
So what's the answer to the burning question "Why are mothers and martinis alike"? Well, it takes a while to make the perfect one; and the older you get the more you appreciate them. We came to motherhood relatively young, and to martinis relatively late in life, which all in all worked out rather well we think. So what better way to celebrate Mother's Day than by saluting "perfect" moms and "perfect" martinis, although we'd all most likely agree the latter is a much simpler task.
The "Perfect" Mom
When my generation was growing up, the "perfect" Moms were on TV in the form of June Cleaver and Donna Reed. These women were always dressed in their little pumps, with their little pearls, and perfect little aprons, from morning to night and lived their lives according to The Good Wives Guide. The next generation of course had The Brady Bunch and Partridge Family "perfect moms." And today's generation has "reality" TV Moms like the Real Housewives, and the Kardashians’ Mom Kris Jenner. And let's not forget Carmella, mafia mom to the Soprano's offspring who,