This past week, Curvy Girls Guide posted a guest piece on “Why I’m Not a ‘Dirty Mom’.” You know, the moms that roll up in sweatpants & three-day hair under a baseball cap on the regular because there’s nobody to impress in the carpool lane. To sum it up, there was this gal that wrote a piece about how we females should dump the frump & put on some eyeliner to show ourselves & society some respect.
I read this piece in yoga pants stuffed into my beloved UGG boots with second-day hair & no make-up.
Then there were the comments (because everyone knows the most entertaining part of blogging is the comments), ranging from “ROCK ON!” to “YOU SELF-IMPORTANT BITCH, I AM TRAINING MY CHILDREN TO BE FUTURE WORLD LEADERS SO STEP OFF MY NON-COVERGIRL NUTS.” I know it’s the kiss of death in blogging to sit on the fence, but I admit that on this topic? I’m straddling the fence & hoping I don’t get a camel toe from it.
I’m a total crap-shoot as a mom when it comes to fashion. I either look cute or I look like a dog& there’s really not too much in-between. I could blame my workload but I’m going to be honest – my physical appearance is usually a good indicator of my mental health. If I look pretty, it means it’s a good day & I’m feeling self-confident & in control. My to-do list is being checked off, dinner is planned, & the kid’s face is scrubbed. If I’m in yoga pants, it’s probably because they were the first thing on top of the laundry pile that I managed to recognize. But sometimes, even when all I want are Doug’s tshirts & to never see a bottle of shampoo again, I put on jeans & a flannel & a little blush. It’s not much, but it does make me feel human & doesn’t send me into a spiral of shame when I run into a neighbor at Target.
So I smell what K.C. Wells is steppin’ in. Putting effort into myself tells me & society that “hey! I care about myself! I’m more than a momma in a carpool lane!” I think it’s important to put my best & freshest face forward on the regular & at the risk of feminist backlash, I think it’s nice for my husband to see me in more than a ponytail when he loves my hair down & curly.
On the other hand, she should have used a different word than “dirty.” Getting primped isn’t something I necessarily enjoy. I like getting my hair cut & I desire to be pretty, but I have never had the patience for a hairstyle that takes more than 5 minutes or a make-up routine that requires sponges & brushes. But I’m not “dirty.” I shower on the regular & I shave my legs & visit the dentist every six months. I would simply rather be chasing Harrison outside than curling my hair & I’ll always choose reading a book over painting my nails. That doesn’t make me a better mom, nor does it make me dirty. It just makes me…me.
So sometimes I’m a walking commercial for Ann Taylor & sometimes I look like I’m headed to the gym when in truth, I haven’t had a gym membership since 2007.
But I promise if you hug me, I don’t smell.