Saturday, November 26, 2005

Thank you. Thank you very much.

Thanksgiving is the time of year when we reflect on what we are most thankful for. I, of course, am thankful for the important things - my family, my health - but I wanted to put together my secondary list. Things I couldn't make it through a day without. Okay, maybe I could struggle through, but I wouldn't be happy about it. The list is as follows -

Things I am Thankful for:

1. The T.V.
I know all of the studies and research about how television is wrecking our children, but I honestly don't think there has been a single better invention in the realm of parenting. Call me a bad mom, but I view T.V as a lifesaver...a glowing beacon of hope in a world of "he's looking at me!" and "Mom, she's in my chair!" Think I'm exaggerating? We had a power outage a few weeks ago and I began to hyperventilate. "They" say limit television viewing to an hour a day..."they" say encourage imaginative play. Sure, fine. I say "they" don't fully appreciate the beauty of the 15 minutes of peace an episode of "Max and Ruby" brings.

2. The drive-thru
Almost anything can be made better with a drive-thru. Think about it. There is not much I appreciate more as mom than not waking up a crabby 2 year old to use the ATM or get a decaf caramel Frappucino. I don't have to haul both kiddos into and out of the car to get lunch in the rain. I can pick up antibiotics for a sick little one and drop off dry cleaning (not that I own anything that needs dry cleaning) all without leaving my car. You can't tell me that is not cool.

3. TiVo
For all my television worshipping, I actually watch very little myself. Having kids will do that to you. Now I can record and watch the few shows I do care about when it is convenient for me....and I can fast-forward through commercials! The only downside to this beautiful invention is the fact that my 2 year old thinks everything can be paused and rewound. Small price to pay to see CSI with no commercials after the kids are in bed.

Runners Up:
Wipes: Is there any emergency that can't be handled (at least temporarily) with a wet wipe? At the very least they protect an entire generation of kids from the spit on a tissue that most of us had to endure.

More to come...I am about to go enjoy another thing I am thankful for as a parent...sleep!

Please feel free to add what you are thankful for!


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