“And when you want something, all the Universe conspires in helping you achieve it.” -Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Mom life is hard. I think we can all agree on that. I mean, it’s wonderful and precious and probably not one of us would give it up for all the magical naps in the world (well… J/K, we wouldn’t), but for real, it’s hard. There are times when I’m out and about in the world with kiddos in tow when I pause briefly and think how the rest of the world could adapt to make la vida loca de mama a little easier for me. Here are some ideas. I know some of these are pretty fantastical, but hey, dream big!
Also from The Alchemist…
“It’s the possibility of having a dream that makes life interesting”
- Trader Joe’s online grocery ordering service with curbside pick up. Or day I even say it? Home delivery service! Can you imagine the party when a good natured person dressed in a Hawaiian shirt comes a knocking on your door and delivers your brown paper bags of happiness, snacks, and easy to prepare meals?
- Healthy drive through restaurants. Listen, I know fast foods have salads & grilled chicken sandwiches and stuff, but I’m talking about some place that doesn’t try to make me pleasantly plump on purpose with fries and shakes. Even if fries and shakes are life. We’ve all been out running all the errands when the hanger kicks in and you just literally cannot even think about getting THEM all out of their car seats and taking THEM into a public place one more blessed time. Besides, one of THEM have fallen asleep and mama don’t play that. Wouldn’t it be so nice if you could just hit up the drive thru of somewhere like, oh, I don’t know, Pita Jungle or Mad Greens. I’d settle for curbside pickup. Just saying.
- More family restrooms. I rejoice that there are more establishments catching on to providing family restrooms. But we need more. I don’t know about you, but when I haul my crew in to the FR, we’re in there for a long time. I’m mindful of people waiting, but you can’t rush Mother Nature, winky wink. Especially when you’re 4 years old. And dads need a place to go when they have their daughters in tow. NEED! Also, we need to just talk about how the FR is for families. I know that some populations require additional privacy for medical reasons. OK, happy to honor that. But what it’s not for is a lone, average person to emerge with a magazine under the arm.
- Wider parking spaces designated for cars with children on board. Because it’s so hard to get kids out of the car when you can barely open the car door wide enough to wedge yourself in between the space to unbuckle your little, put their shoes back on (why won’t they just leave their shoes on?) and help them gather all the things they needed to bring along with them on the trip to the store for bananas and frozen waffles.
- The grocery store car cart must die. You guys, I really don’t wish harm on anyone or anything. But the grocery store car cart is probably the most heinous excuse of a mom-friendly thing that there ever was. Every. Single. Germ. Have they ever been washed? My 4 yo likes to get in and out and in and out and in and out. And now my 16 mo wants to ride in there with his brother. The whole situation makes me THAT grocery store mom, trying to keep it all together for the rest of the shoppers, but not doing a good job of it at all.
Those are just 5 of my wildest dreams of how the outside world can help a mama out and make this gig a little bit easier for all of us.