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First. I don't want to be dying in order to tell you these things -- Jobs. Fuck. This. List. -- Job description for the dumbest job ever -- The Super Bowl of interruptions -- I am the one woman who has it all -- Undone -- Dear stay-at-home moms and working moms, you're both right -- Time-out. Just what I wanted, a whole twenty-four hours of recognition once a year -- "If Mama Ain't Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy": revised and expanded -- Vows. Tiny losses -- If you love your grandparents, go visit them -- Let's have the wedding later -- It's complicated -- Time-out. Your cute wedding hashtags twenty years later -- Kids, it's time you know the truth--your mother is a real piece of work -- Showdowns. Overshare -- Thank you for including me on this meal train but unfortunately I'm a horrible person -- Your participation trophies are bullshit -- September 17, 2010: the day I turned the car around -- The ghosts of Halloweens past -- Time-out. Radiohead song or accurate description of my parenting? -- Are you sure there isn't something else I can do before the end of the school year? -- Schools. The walls that define us -- Pro/con: caving to PTO bake sale pressure -- The punching season -- Please don't get murdered at school today -- I don't care if you go to college -- Time-out. What do yo think of my son's senior picture that was shot by Annie Leibovitz? -- Anne-Marie Slaughter is my safety word -- Bodies. Who does that? -- If you can touch it -- As young as we'll ever be -- Hot-ass chicks -- Ashes to ashes -- Time-out. Fifty-one things you should never say to a mother ever -- Is there a parenting expert on this plane? -- Freedoms. Do you have faith in me? -- Thirteen with dudes -- Just because you can, doesn't mean you should -- Last. -- You are all the joy -- When I die.
"Welcome to essayist Kimberly Harrington's poetic and funny world of motherhood, womanhood, and humanhood--not necessarily in that order. It's a place of loud parenting, fierce loving, too much social media, and occasional inner monologues where timeless debates are resolved such as Pro/Con: Caving to PTO Bake Sale Pressure ("PRO: Skim the crappiest brownies for myself. CON: They're really crappy."). With accessibility and wit, she captures the emotions around parenthood in artful and earnest ways, highlighting this time in the middle--midlife, the middle years of childhood, and how women are stuck in the middle of so much. It's a place of elation, exhaustion, and time whipping past at warp speed. Finally, it's a quiet space to consider the girl you were, the mother you are, and the woman you are always becoming."--Page  of cover.
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