You Can Thank Me Later

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I’ve been taking the kids to the pool a couple mornings a week.

Miles and Alice are fairly self-sufficient, but Simon is a tank – well – more like he’s a submarine.

Yesterday, I was attempting to hold his hand, as he powered his way through the kiddie pool towards the deep end. Straight ahead of us was a father very carefully and lovingly cradling his 6-month-old child in the water.

As Simon batted my hand away for the millionth time, I looked away – just for a second – to make sure Alice was behind me – when Simon lunged under water.

I immediately grabbed him, and he was totally unfazed. In fact, he was offended that I dare help him or pull him out of the water.

But the father in front of us was shocked. His mouth was wide open, and he looked at his wife in total disbelief.

I could tell he was mentally communicating with her – “We’d never let something like that happen to our precious child!”

And I really just wanted to say to his wife, “You’re welcome. I just made you look like a REALLY good mom.”

Instead I wrestled Simon into the shallow end to start again.

I find that I spend most of my days making other women look like better wives and moms.

So – You’re Welcome!

It’s not just allowing my 15-month-old to slip underwater at the pool.

I do other things too…

When I’m driving my minivan and pull up to a stoplight, your husband might catch me picking my nose.

You’re welcome!

Sometimes I brush my teeth while eating Oreos and post the video on YouTube for my husband’s co-workers to potentially watch.

You’re welcome!

Lately I’ve been leaving a few floaters in our toilet at night for Even Steven to find in the morning.

You’re welcome!

Is there anything else I can do to help you look like a better mom and wife? Just let me know – I’m here to serve!


  1. Kai

    June 21, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Anna, I MISSED you while I was gone!!!!! I got home last Friday but it’s been such a crazy catching-up-then-stormy week, and altho’ I’ve been READING your blog daily (honest Injun – hahaha) this is the first chance I’ve had to respond. Soooo, let me just reiterate what I’ve said in the past: you are wonderfully certifiable & I just LOVE you! You never fail to make me smile or giggle or even laugh hysterically (usually all THREE) and, most of all, to feel SO GLAD I found your blog! LOOOOOVE YOU!

  2. Deb Cruz

    June 21, 2012 at 9:15 am

    That was officially my first laugh of the day!!! So funny! Just love it! Your blog is always so much fun to read!


  3. Arieloser

    June 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I do A LOT of things that make mothers feel better, including picking my nose & leaving floaters. You’re not alone.

  4. Lovely Lewis

    June 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    It is really important to make our mother sometimes feel to them that they are important just by simply making them happy.

  5. Paula Parrish

    June 22, 2012 at 8:42 am

    This post is soooooooo Fun. Love IT! I know first hand that being a Mom is not about being perfect. Have a wonderful weekend. ;o)

  6. Renee A

    June 22, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Thanks for making me laugh =)

  7. London

    June 22, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    I haven’t gone swimming with my 2 year old because I KNOW he will get away from me & my mother-in-law (whose pool we’d be using) would never let me hear the end of it. He swims with them every weekend, and I pick him up from their house once he’s all pruney and worn out for the day. No in-law judgement, a sleepy toddler… hey, life is good.

  8. Shadz

    June 23, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Haha! You showed that dad. Anyway, nice shot up there. 🙂

    Visiting from Write on Edge.

  9. Carmine Flores

    August 2, 2012 at 4:22 am

    This is very interesting post. I really enjoy on your post. It really nice that you can share your happiness.

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