I remember back when I spent a year in Israel after college, I felt like I
walked around with this giant loud tag line shouting IN ISRAEL. For example, I would be sitting in a cafe enjoying one of those awesome sweet iced coffee drinks and thinking, I am drinking coffee IN ISRAEL, or I am riding a bus to meet a friend IN ISRAEL. And I remember noticing near the end of my trip that the tag line was getting much quieter and even sometimes disappearing. It was starting to be normal, I was just riding a bus (that happened to be Egged) or drinking a coffee, or meeting a friend.
I think that I have gone through the same experience getting used to being a mother, and it started over with the birth of my second. I would be going to the library, or riding the train, or (rarely) eating at a restaurant WITH A BABY. And just as that tag line started to quiet, I had another baby and now it was, I am going to go grocery shopping “WITH A BABY AND A TODDLER”.
Right now I am in the midst of packing for a vacation off the farm and my
list of missing items that need to be packed has shrunk from a stack of
library books, the coast guard approved life jacket, and a bunch of other far flung items to just one small missing sandal. And while I am still very aware that I am packing for myself plus “a preschooler and a toddler”, I think the tag line is getting a little quieter. I think this is finally
starting to feel like the new normal. Maybe by next summer’s vacation I will just feel like I am packing — without a tag line.
How about you, do you have a tag line?