Monday, February 18, 2013

Parent Survivors - With or Without Mullets!

Passing Notes Today:  Mrs. Kelly

To My Fellow Parents:

As a child of the 80's, I grew up watching MacGyver.  In fact, people who know me well, know I had a major crush on Richard Dean Anderson (I could very well have been penning this blog as Mrs. Anderson).   I just loved how Mac was filled with optimism and bursting with intellect.  He could maneuver his way out of any scenario...all with brains, a Swiss army knife and that sweet feathered (read mullet) head of hair.  

It recently occurred to me that I am not unlike my 80's crush.  Parents are MacGyvers. 

Don't believe me?  We are constantly improvising.  Here are some of my recent personal MacGyver moments you might identify with:

1.  Scenario:  Christmas Eve mass.  My husband leaves the church with our youngest child (who is crying).  He takes the diaper bag too...the diaper bag that contains food and crayons and books and other trinkets to occupy antsy children.  

MacGyver Moment:  Doing my best Maria Von Trapp impersonation I say, "Quick children, count all the stained glass panes, then the lights, then the people wearing glasses.  Think of a number between 1 -100.  Who can sit most like a statue?  God is watching you." 

2.  Scenario:  I am out running errands when the baby has an accident and I've forgotten to bring a diaper and/or extra clothes. 

MacGyver Moment:  You know how they say you should turn a frown upside down?  Well, when you're in a pinch, you should turn dirty pants, inside out. You can use duct tape for reinforcement.   

3.  Scenario:  When attending a family event out of town, we realized our hotel room only had one full-sized bed.  For five people.   Since were pressed for time and a bit removed from any big box stores (and air mattresses) we needed to improvise.

MacGyver Moment:  We bought an inflatable pool raft at a drugstore.  The kids were happy, well rested and best still, nobody got swimmer's ear. 

I guess my point is when I think about parent survival, the truth is we are all much stronger than we give ourselves credit for.  We survive because we must and because we can.  We are MacGyvers.

Eye Candy
MacGyver once said, "When it comes down to me against a situation, I don't like the situation to win."  So parents, the next time you are feeling overwhelmed and defeated, channel your inner Mac.  If you're in the middle of a bad situation, go find  your metaphorical paper clips, rubber bands, duct tape and pool rafts. Then, using that old MacGyver optimism and know-how, show that situation who's boss.  And like Mac, you win every time (with or without the mullet)!

The 80's called.  They want their bomber jacket back.



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