In the article, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/glennon-melton/dont-carpe-diem_b_1206346.html?view=screen&ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false, Glennon Melton hilariously captures the feelings of exasperation when people point out--usually during the most trying times as a parent--that you are going to "...miss this one day..." Melton uses humor to encompass the feelings parents have when others push this mentality on them. She states:
I know that this message is right and good. But, I have finally allowed myself to admit that. It bugs me. This CARPE DIEM message makes me paranoid and panicky. Especially during this phase of my life - while I'm raising young kids. Being told, in a million different ways to CARPE DIEM makes me worry that if I'm not in a constant state of intense gratitude and ecstasy, I'm doing something wrong.
I so agree with her and laugh to think of all of the defensive parents getting, "...paranoid and panicky...) when strangers (even if the stranger is Robin Williams) remind them how to live. I am DEFINITELY one of those parents (see http://anothertiredmommy.blogspot.com/2011/12/crazy-russian-biker-mobster-dude.html)--we tend to think that every time we get unsolicited advice from strangers it is because we suck as much as we think we do.
I try to cut people off now before they can tell me about WHAT I am going to miss:
Me: "I KNOW--I am SO going to miss the feeling of wanting to strangle them some day! Of course, NOW I am missing the one time they actually BEHAVED at the store...tee hee..." or "I keep trying to remind myself that before I know it, I will be longing for the days when my children drove me crazy at Target (isn't it ALWAYS Target?!), but right now I just.Want. It. To. Stop."
Melton compares child rearing to climbing Everest and speaks of the fact that well meaning strangers don't make a habit of yelling "ARE YOU ENJOYING EVERY MOMENT..." and "DON'T FORGET TO CARPE DIEM..." to other people at THEIR jobs. She reminds us that parenting is hard enough without the added pressure of being sure to enjoy EVERY SINGLE MINUTE. Isn't it enough that we are trying our best to raise self-confident, well-adjusted, healthy eating, law-abiding, happy little people? Now we have to be sure to do it with our hearts and minds full of joy or it doesn't count.
My favorite line reads:
Anyway. Clearly, Carpe Diem doesn't work for me. I can't even carpe fifteen minutes in a row, so a whole diem is out of the question.
Every time I think about it I laugh. Even while I was typing it I was giggling. BECAUSE IT IS FUNNY! The problem is, when something makes me laugh that much, I want to steal it and use it as my own. Not in a plagiarizing sort of way, but in a "This is so funny that it is now considered common knowledge, so EVERYONE is allowed to say it WHENEVER they want [to say it]" sort of way.
Check out Melton's article--I am still laughing at some of her words and her honesty is refeshing. I know how honest I'VE been on here and sometimes think I should start writing fiction, but reading her article reminded me that we are all the same--just trying to do right by our children and to limit the mistakes and guilt throughout our journey. Carpe THAT well meaning strangers...