Real Families
posted by Amy

When Josie, now 6, was a baby, I taught nights after spending my days with three kids ages 7 and under. In order to get student essays graded, I spent weekends in the library because there was no way to get it all done at home with the kids during the week. During some of the more hectic weeks of the semester, I'd write notes to myself saying things that seem duh-obvious right now but apparently didn't then; these said things like, "It's okay if we eat scrambled eggs and toast every night for a while. The semester will end, and then I will cook again." (Note to my younger self: Not so much. But you'll get better at rationalizing NOT cooking.)

This post reminds me of those times. These little blog windows into how other people make work and family work always help me put my own struggles into perspective, and they often give me ideas about what to focus on and what to let go of for now.

Other stuff that's providing me with ideas and entertainment lately: Judith Viorst's mini-memoir about a grown-up Alexander, Alexander and the Wonderful, Marvelous, Excellent, Terrific Ninety Days: An Almost Completely Honest Account of What Happened to Our Family When Our Youngest Son, His Wife, His Baby, His Toddler, and His Five-Year-Old Came to Live with Us for Three Months, Friday Night Lights, this interview with Kyle Chandler (of, well, Friday Night Lights, and this article about Friday Night Lights.

And if you're not watching that show because it looks like it's all about football, rest assured that it's not. I really, really don't watch football, despite efforts to try to care about it at various times in my life. The show is about people with jobs and kids who remind me a lot of people I knew growing up. It's got the best portrayal of a marriage on TV ever, as far as I can tell.