"I'm just trying to get the engine to turn
I'm just tryin' to smile through my tears
And I still got so much to learn
But the best I can is what I have to give
Gonna give it while I'm here"
First I saw my friend Melissa post something on twitter about being the "anti-Chinese mother" and I wondered what that was about. Then I read my friend Carrie's post on her blog, The Doctor Mom (see, she's a doctor and a mom, so The Doctor Mom. Get it?). Okay so now I know what they were talking about. A Chinese woman wrote a book called The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Apparently there was a piece in this weekend's WSJ about it. I didn't know because despite the fact that the WSJ is actually delivered to my home each morning, I refuse to read that massively right wing propaganda. I prefer the lefty prop! But I digress. Anyway, the excerpt spoke of the Chinese mothers' insistence on excellence: straight As, top of the class, no time for playing, etc. So I read Carrie's post (you should, too) and I commented. Then I moved on to something else (probably a Big Daddy cartoon or something very important like that). But, I wasn't done. Nope, I kept thinking about it and I decided to share this thought with all of you. Yeah, thank me later.
The deal is that I had a moment of gratitude because here's a big fat dose of perspective. So I want to share with you the comment I left of Carrie's post:
That's it. You can go about your business now. Go on. Go.
Oh, but first you can click on this little picture here and vote for me.