The return of Fun Mama

By Mir
December 30, 2004

I have the kids for one day before they go back to Daddy’s for the weekend. On the one hand, they’ve been having a wild and crazy time over there and part of me thinks they just need a day of structure and rest.

On the other hand, why should he have all the fun?

We’re all still in our pajamas, following sleeping late and an elegant breakfast-and-cartoons experience here in the family room.

Monkey: I’m thirsty!
Me: That’s nice.
Monkey: Um. Mama, may I please have some milk?
Me: Yes, you may. Thank you for asking so nicely.
Monkey: You’re funny, Mama.
Me: Are you going to spill this milk?
Monkey: No, I’m going to drink it.
Me: Are you sure?
Monkey: Yes! I am going to be so careful, because if I spill again you will cry. Also, I’m very thirsty.

Well then.

Anyway, I’m formulating a gameplan. We’ll get dressed. We’ll have a little something for lunch, eventually. Then we’re going to the movies. And I can’t say for sure, but I think we may be having ice cream for dinner. Just because.

Next week, it’s back to business as usual. Next week, I’ll be the meanest Mama in the world (again). Today? I am totally smuggling candy into Polar Express with us.


  1. Cori

    That’s soooo sweet!

  2. alektra

    Ooo! Can I come, too?

  3. Ginny

    Have Fun! Nice blog, by the way.

  4. Melissa

    Soooooo glad to hear that I’m not the only mom who responds to “I’m thirsty!” with “That’s nice.” Manners, child. We must learn manners.

    And now that I’ve delurked, I’ll also wish you a Happy New Year! I’ve really been enjoying your writing since I found your site a month or so ago. I’ve walked the divorced single mom path too, so your writing reminds me of a lot of things I’ve been through. Your attitude is brilliant. Keep at it!

  5. janie

    Ooh, I did that last week, snuck candy into see the Polar Express. I think I am going to get me an even bigger purse next time and sneak in some microwave popcorn too. Have fun!

  6. Coleen

    Man, you ARE the greatest mom ever. My mom would have smuggled carrot sticks into the movies.

  7. T. Marie

    I hope you enjoy your ‘fun mama’ day. And I’m glad I’m not the only one that smuggles ‘contraband’ into the movie theatre. Last time it was M&M’s and Dasani. A large purse can be handy.

  8. Snow

    Let me know what you think of Polar Express. I still love the story, but thought the animation was rubbery and creepy. And why no female elves until the dance scene? Where were they?

  9. closet metro

    That’s the problem with “stadium seating” movie theaters: when your kids drop their candy, it doesn’t roll all the way to the front row of the theater, while making the sound “SSSSSSSkittlessssss.” (And your kid can pick it back up and eat it. Ewwww.)

  10. lisa

    I took my son, age 7, to the Polar Express the other day… it was the perfect movie for him and me to see, as he has started doubting the existence of Santa this year…and frankly I didn’t know what to tell him, except “those who don’t believe don’t get presents from santa!”

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