I once wrote a blog about my hatred of the word “mommy”, and I never posted it because I’m a pussy. But then someone else wrote an article about how society is putting the “mommy” title on women, and that it ain’t cool to do so. But bullshit. Society isn’t calling moms “mommies”: Moms call themselves that. And it makes me want to yack.
(The article. I can’t tell if I’m agreeing with her or not.)
I believe this is a trend specific to the Gen X mom. The jury is still out on you, Gen Y. My point is that my own Baby Boomer mother and her friends didn’t engage in the annoying trend of calling oneself mommy. Here’s a small sampling of what annoys me:
Gen X Mom refers to herself as “mommy”. She has almost (in some cases entirely) lost her identity. I used to coach cheerleading (fuck you) and was exchanging email addresses with a mom of one of my cheerleaders. It occurred to me I didn’t know her first name. When she handed me a paper with her email address on it, it was email@example.com. I still don’t know her first name. Who needs one? You’re mommy now.
Gen X Mom feels the need to have “mommy” friends. And yes, she calls them “mommy friends”. Whatever happened to just having friends? When I was a kid, my mom didn’t hang out with my friends’ parents, and I didn’t hang out with my mom’s friends’ kids. Now you see women terminate friendships because they can’t be mommy friends with someone who didn’t breastfeed or who doesn’t discipline the same way. Oh, and they don’t just hang out with mommy friends; they have play dates! The fuck? When did play dates become a thing?
Gen X Mom doesn’t have time for non-mommies. If you’re not a mommy yourself, say good bye to your friends once Junior arrives. They’ll make time for their mommy friends but not for you, spinster. Case in point? I’m available to go to dinner and/or coffee every single day of the week. I’m not exactly drowning in invitations. I once saw on an episode of Scrubs that the friend without the kids should make more of the effort to carry the friendship. And I considered that for about two weeks. Then I realized that’s baloney. It’s for the best, as I’d probably only get to hear about kids and her severe lack of mommy friends on these nonexistent coffee dates.
I know, I know…my friends with kids will read this and be hurt about our lack of coffee dates, right? Bull. They’re too busy to read a non-mommy blog. (With one or two exceptions :)