Tag Lines

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?

3 Comments:

  1. My tag line has to be WITH BOTH PARENTS GONE. Saturday would have been my Mom’s 82nd birthday though she died ten years ago last month. And Dad died 7 months ago yesterday. This painful fact is new enough not to forget for more than a day or two at a time. Tomorrow we will leave for vacation WITH BOTH PARENTS GONE. While in Maine, I will not be worrying that my brother will phone with news that Dad is in the emergency room. That worry has been replaced with a dull ache, which should fade as time allows it to become the new normal.

    • thanks for this thoughtful comment, I guess maybe we always go along with one tag line or another. And during the first year of mourning it makes sense that you would be carrying this tagline. I hope you have a relaxing trip to Maine.

  2. …..with a Full Time Job with an INSANE RANDOM SCHEDULE (I am a Youth and Program Director at a synagogue).

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