410th Friday Blog Roundup
This New Yorker article is, hands down, the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time. I say that even though I’m supposed to be offended… I think. At least, I’ve been told that I should be offended. It takes all the ridiculous of the Mommy Wars, the mother pandering, and mom-focused advertising and rolls it into one neat parody.
Are you a mom? No? Then you don’t need to read one more word. Go on, shoo! I’m not trying to be mean; it’s just that you probably won’t understand a lot of what I’m going to say. It’s a mom thing. If you’re a mom, you know what I’m talking about. Right, moms? Go, us!
I’m not saying that moms are better than other people, but there is, well, something different, something special about us.
That Jenny Allen is a funny lady. Part of me wants to print this out and tape it to the inside of the kitchen cabinets so I can crack myself up as I’m cooking. Thank you, Jenny — seriously, this made my day.
Rosh HaShanah — the Jewish New Year — starts this weekend. It kicks off a string of big deal holidays — Yom Kippur, Succot, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah — that pop up one after the other all the way between now and mid-October. I am hosting a family dinner on Sunday night where I am making a whole roasted chicken, mushroom stuffing, and green beans. But for dessert, I’m making Kveller’s Apple Pecan Galette with Salted Peanut Butter Caramel. Seriously.
On Rosh HaShanah (which translates to “head of the year”), we say “shanah tovah” which means “a good year” (שנה טובה) or the longer “shana tova umehtookah” which means “a good and sweet year” (שנה טובה ומתוקה). So shanah tovah, y’all.
And now the blogs…
But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week as well as the week before. In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:
- “Enoughness” (Stirrup Queens) — thank you, Keiko!
- “Men and Infertility” (Too Many Fish to Fry)
- “The Grandmothers I Know” (Creating Motherhood)
- “Surrogacy in the News — Written by Me” (The Smartness)
- “No Woman Came Up to Me” (The Infertility Voice)
- “Imagine” (No Kidding in NZ)
- “Why Not Me?” (A Glimpse Inside)
Okay, now my choices this week.
From the week before (but I only read it this week, so I’m counting it), Searching for Our Silver Lining has a powerful post how part of you dies during the navigation of infertility, and how she is choosing to live at this time. She writes, “One of the cruelest things about infertility is that something begins to die as you go through the process. With each passing month, with each BFN, with each round of treatment, with each and every moment of worry and fear. All of it killing you slowly and leaving you in a corpse-like state. Some call this process the ‘deathless death,’ reflecting on all the pain and grief that comes from being a victim.” Please go over and read the whole thing: it’s amazing.
Also from last week (I got caught up with reading over the weekend), The Barreness has a post about a fight with a friend. I guess I loved this post because she takes you through the whole roller coaster, all the way through the end of the ride. The friend, frustrated that she has pulled away and judging her for how she deals with infertility, needs to hear how her judgment has affected the friendship. After the explosion, they are able to come to a new place together. I thought it was an important read for anyone struggling with a friendship.
Lastly, Mojo Working has a gorgeous post about what she believes in, which illustrates the similarities behind our differences. I especially love the final thought: “If we want a better world, a better future, we are going to have to stand up and create it ourselves.”
The roundup to the Roundup: Best parody of all time. Rosh HaShanah starts this weekend. And lots of great posts to read. So what did you find this week? Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between September 7th and September 14th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week? Read the original open thread post here.