Everything about my life is perfect. I am the best mom and wife ever, my husband is wonderful and my kids are the greatest thing since sliced bread. I only feed my kids healthy foods, never let them watch TV and plan new fun adventures for my flawless family every single day. What? You don’t believe me…..well it
says shows it right here on my Facebook account so it MUST be true.
Facebook is a great escape. It allows us to see what is going on in everyone’s life and in return, allows us to show what is going on in ours. We are able to watch our friends and acquaintances life unfold, somewhat like a movie, and may even find ourselves envious of the lives that others are leading.
I feel like I am an open book most of the time. I am the first to make fun of myself, and will basically answer any personal questions anyone wants to know about me. Most of the time I actually offer up the information without even being asked…..you’re welcome!
So, I thought to myself while scrolling through Facebook today that I would post some things that I typically wouldn’t post on Facebook.
Sure, I am aware that waxing is what most women do to their facial hair, but I am also aware that shaving is much quicker. I remember friends telling me years ago that “once you start shaving your upper lip you will always have to.” OK, well luckily for me there is a razor at arms-length in my bathroom at all times. FYI, I only do this every couple of months. And NO…my upper lip does not feel prickly. If you don’t believe me you can go ahead and touch it the next time you see me at the grocery store!
I often post cute pictures of my wonderful, well behaved children. In between their broccoli and quinoa smoothies and before their french lessons. Here is what I am typically dealing with on a daily basis, however. A daughter who is obsessed with lipstick and who has temper tantrums like it’s nobody’s business. If memory serves me correctly, I believe my dearest little Laney Bug was hitting me in this picture because I made her get out of the lipstick drawer at Grandma’s house!
Child protective Services may need to get a call on this one but I may let the girls hang out in the back of the car while I drive Chase to the bus stop. In my defense, it is in the neighborhood and I probably should be more embarrassed with the fact that I actually drive to the bus stop at all. But I do…..so stop judging me!
The consistency of my hair is somewhat “pube-like” (pardon the french), if I don’t dry it correctly. Here is what it would like if I just showered and left the house for the day. Now you see why I just skip the shower on most days!
Sure, I show you the pictures of us picnicking at the park, building sand castles at the beach, or riding the camel at the zoo. What you don’t see are all the pictures of my kids watching TV at noon after I have had enough of all of the whining, hitting, picking, screaming, talking, spilling and pooping!
I could also post pictures of my messy house that I race around to clean up at exactly 4:30 pm every day before Pete gets home, or the macaroni and cheese the kids are eating while I am pinning nutritious meals that I will make “soon.”
I think it’s important to remember while scrolling through pictures on Facebook that people put forth what they want you to see. Behind every adorable family picture where everyone is smiling, there is a time out or screaming match for everyone to hold still and say “cheese,” that you don’t see. There is an exhausted mom, an over worked father and a bunch of messy kids who for a couple seconds that day have been bribed well enough to “smile dammit,” so that they can go on with the chaos in their lives.
In some form or another we are all looking for acceptance or approval from others and Facebook just helps us create our story for others to see. Keep in mind, there are always 2 sides to every story.