Carol Kaufmann

Writer, Editor, Etc.

Your Own Personal Daily Show January 27, 2010

Filed under: Mama Tricks — carolkaufmann @ 10:09 pm
By Carol Kaufmann,  Columnist, “Mama Tricks: Wrapping Your Head Around Motherhood”

I’m grateful for The Daily Show. As Jon Stewart turns the absurdity of current events into a joke, I turn to Hubby and say, “Thank God for them.” Stewart and his talented crew get it – in a way you know is spot-on, but you, in your sleep-deprived existence could never express. Powerless to stop the constant stream of headlines that makes me slap my forehead in incredulousness, at least I feel not so alone each night when we press play and watch our beloved Show recorded from the day before.  Sometimes all you can do is laugh.

daily showAnd this, fellow mommies, is what gave me the idea for another Mama Trick.

Think of all in your life that now just doesn’t make much sense – all that is just a wee absurd, which is, admit it, is most of it. I can tick off a few choice items without much thought:

My toddler threw up exactly where one of the cats did which required more color-zapping stain remover on the navy blue carpet. Speaking of cats…

One also threw up in my purse.  And it’s hard to get off hairball detritus with a baby wipe when you’re late for work. Speaking of work…

I fell asleep this week at my desk, sitting up, reading a perfectly interesting article. Even better…

I got lost five times going to the office yesterday because, I guess, my automatic pilot is in permanent “off” position. And…

I was gloating that I made it to the gym during my lunch hour until one of my nursing pads flew out of my jog bra during a male-led, male-attended Butts, Guts, and Guns body sculpting class. Then…

I forgot to put infant diapers in the go-bag so Precious Baby had to wear her two-year-old brother’s size 6, like an actress wearing a fat suit.

I mean, can we make this stuff up?

daily showWhat if, at the end of each day, we could insert our own events into a Daily Show dialogue and rewind them in our heads, like a cerebral TiVo?  Imagine a mini Jon Stewart perched on your shoulder, ticking off all those motherhood incidents that bring you to near tears and laying them out there for a laugh. A personally tailored comedy routine would help us feel part of a greater community, happy to know that others get the joke, too.

daily showThere is, in fact, a whole group of creative talent with a deft understanding of the inherent absurdity in mommyhoodland. You have a team standing right behind you, nudging you to throw up your hands and laugh about it all. Though we can’t see them when reading a column on the internet, they’re all around us – the thousands of mothers who have been there and done that, and, after much practice, mastered the art of laughter through tears.  If we listen closely, I bet we can even hear the chuckles.

Copyright 2007 Carol Kaufmann

Carol Kaufmann regularly shares her “Mama Tricks” with The Well Mom. Her work has appeared in Reader’s Digest, National Geographic, The Washington Post, and in the anthology A Woman’s Europe. She lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband, toddler, newborn, and two obese rescue cats.

First posted on Thewellmom.com, December 5, 2007.

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