When my first daughter was born, my husband immediately said “let the hypocrisy begin.” Seriously, like a minute after she was born (of course the midwife and nurse thought this was absolutely hilarious).
And, as she has grown, I’m sad to admit, I am in total agreement.
I think back to all of the things that my mom let me do, and I wonder what the heck she was thinking.
How in the world did I convince her to let me drive her car? And, not only drive her car, but without my license and without her in the car? I just had my permit. The one where you were supposed to have an adult in the car with you. Yep, for several months, I drove my mom to her aerobics class, and then took her car to work. Sometimes, I drove myself home after work, too.
Yes, that was illegal. And, so incredibly stupid. I was lucky to have never been caught or in an accident.
And, I wonder, what was she thinking? I’m glad she let me do it because I was working at 15 and had no other way to get to work. But, will my child do this? Heck no. Of course not!
What was she thinking when she let me stay the night at my boyfriend’s (now hubby’s) house in high school? Seriously? Do I really need to say more? Stupid, stupid, stupid. Or, maybe naive?
In the end, I have no idea what she was thinking. Maybe she was trying to be the cool mom? Or maybe, I had less freedoms than her. I don’t know. I’m not going to ask.
So, yes, when my daughter was born, so was the hypocrisy. And, she will have fewer freedoms than I ever had. I’m sure it will continue to pass down the generations, too.
Looking back, I wonder how many of us can think of things that our parents did and question them now? And wonder what they were thinking?
Mamalicious Monday is the brain child of Heather at The Gift Closet.