Forget breaking bad habits -- I've decided to stay exactly as I am.
Lenore Moritz: So much is made at this time of the year about making resolutions -- out with the old habits, in with the new and improved ones. But don't we already have enough to try to accomplish on a daily basis? Is it really essential that we try to incorporate five or ten new things into our lives all at once? And really, don't they end up making us feel bad when we don't achieve all (or any?!) of them?
I've decided to make Un-Resolutions. In other words, I'm committing to sticking to the way I'm doing certain things. I'm embracing the status quo! Cheers! Bring on the New Year!
I will not go to bed earlier ... and, no, it's not because I'm watching too much "guilty pleasure" tv. I get a second wind around 8:30 and need to use it to work, write, organize, etc. I've always been a night person, never been a morning person, which leads to...
I will continue to wake up cranky ... I've been a mom for 3.5 years and still seem to find it surprising when I'm awoken from a deep slumber at 6 AM ... and, as you are well aware, unlike an alarm clock there's no snooze button, so you can't snuggle in for another five minutes of glorious sleep, you're just "up." My crankiness only lasts for a minute or two, though -- usually goes away after I open my eyes and see an adorable smiling face who needs me ... to get their cereal.
I will not always correct my sons' mispronunciation of words ... they're still little and I find it cute and funny. Anyway, I have no worry that their college RA will call me to tell me that they call the color of the sun "lellow," refer to noodles as "lulus" or pronounce "fork" like the word that also means "procreate."
I will not stop letting my son have candy ... a year ago when I would eat a tootsie roll after dinner, it used to work for me to tell my toddler that it's a "mommy food." Now that he's a pre-schooler, he's on to it ... he knows it's candy and he wants some. I'm not into deprivation (though I'm not above a bribe and candy is useful for this.)
I will continue to count popcorn and ice cream as dinner ... but only sometimes and only after the boys go to bed (hey, it's starting to sound like I never eat healthy ... I do, I really do.
Happy 2010! Care to share any of your own un-resolutions?!
|Lenore Moritz is the curator/editor of Mom Culture, a culture fix for your inner grown up. Each Friday, a new artist interview and their art will inspire and energize you. High culture, pop culture and everything in between is covered.|