We’re going to deviate a little bit from our regular format, and just give some shout-outs to people who have been awesome this week. Life is tricky sometimes, and managing to navigate through your week with grace and humor is a serious, important accomplishment. We need to celebrate each other. So here we go.
A round of applause to M, please. She has been dealing with a painful, scary health issue, and yet she continues to be a rockstar at work, an awesome parent, and a good friend. Even though she is dealing with chronic pain, she lets me rattle on about my petty work issues like they matter. We need more people like M in this world.
Three cheers for H, please. She survived a brutal month at work, working so late every night this past week that she’s barely been able to see her kids. Yet she managed to make a homemade birthday cake for her child, coordinate an insane upcoming weekend of sports tournaments for her children, and retain her perpetual kindness towards her friends and coworkers (instead of wanting to punch people, which would probably be my inclination).
All hail P, please. She is dealing with the dreaded situation of conflicting school vacation schedules, and thus has had at least one child out on Spring Break for three weeks now. If anyone wants to FedEx her some wine, shoot me an email and I’ll give you her address.
A hip, hip, hooray for B, please. He has been dealing with a really tough work dilemma. In addition to managing that with characteristic good humor, he has taken time out of his day to provide practical, actionable advice and support to me with regard to my fledgling writing career. (And yes I know this post is about badass women, but I don’t think he’ll mind being lumped in.)
Bow down to M, please. M is single mom, and she hustles every damn day to make sure life is pretty close to perfect for her child. She is navigating rocky career waters right now, and doing it absolutely fearlessly. You know that line about how Ginger Rodgers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and wearing heels? That’s how I feel about my single mom friends. The way my friends manage to organize the logistics of their lives and their kids’ lives – and make it look close to effortless – is astonishing.
This is just a smattering of people who deserve high-fives this week. I am so grateful for my community of parent friends. I could probably manage life without you, but I wouldn’t really want to. If there’s anyone you’d like to heap praise upon, let me know and I’ll include them in an updated version of this post.
xoxo and happy Friday.