Mommas just have to laugh -- or else we'd cry
Two-year-old daughter dumps sugar bowl onto the floor. Smiles broadly.
Me, the mother, sweeps it up. Frowns broadly.
As mother is busy with the broom, daughter spills cup of milk.
As mother is busy with the mop, daughter draws on the floor with markers.
Mother starts to cry. Okay, I made that part up, but I certainly wanted to.
Instead, what I probably need is a good dose of Mother Load, an off-Broadway comedy about motherhood that comes to the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center beginning Tuesday. Amy Wilson wrote the show based on her own experiences of raising three children under 6. It sounds really funny.
I recently chatted with Wilson from her home in New York City, the epicenter for over-the-top moms and their kids, she says. In between laughing about people's obsession with hand sanitizer and organic school lunches, I concluded that, sure, motherhood can be difficult. But it's a million times more fun and rewarding.
Even on those mornings when you run from one mess to another.
-- Susan Thurston, Times Mom
[That's Amy Wilson in a promotional photo for her one-woman play Mother Load taken by Sue Barr]