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But Mommm: The Mom Uniform

by guest blogger Katherine VanBuskirk

I was reading one of my favourite blogs the other day and the writer talked about her “Mom Uniform”. It was a passing reference to a couple of staple pieces of clothing that all Moms seem to wear. And wouldn’t you know it, I own and love and wear both.

If I’m being honest, my first reaction was horror. The thought of being a stereotype scares me. I am the woman who will use brute strength and master packing skills to stuff gear and children into our car rather than purchase a minivan. I take strange pride in my inability to send a book order in on time, and I sort of don’t care about registration deadlines so end up scrambling every time.

The more I thought about it though, the more I realized that the Mom uniform was about more than those practical clothing items. We Moms have so much more in common.

We have tissues in every pocket of every jacket and handbag we own. We carry a hair elastic around our wrist at all times – good for more than just hair. We can create a toy out of a gift card, a stamp and some dental floss. And we can produce a snack on demand anywhere, anytime.

I think that for some reason, I liked to describe my behaviour as a protest when in reality I was just spinning my disorganization. Moms fill this amazing space in the world for a million big and little reasons. We have these things in common, because we have this crazy privileged job to do and we’ve come up with some tricks that help us get it done.

So tomorrow or the next day or whenever I pull out that staple piece of clothing that forever in my mind will be known as my “Mom Uniform”, I will wear it with pride and stand a little taller. That is, unless I’m stooping to wipe a nose or tie a sneaker.

 

Katherine VanBuskirk is a communications professional in Halifax. She is rarely without a latte, a list and at least one of her two children.