Sunday, December 14, 2008

Part 2 of Mothers Are the True Survivors

(continued from last post)

"Good going, Survivors!  You're all doing splendidly.  But don't get too cocky yet.  You still have enormous challenges ahead of you.  Now you'll face a school age child.  You must pry this 8-year-old out of bed at 7 am, coax him into getting himself completely dressed for school, to eat a bowl of oatmeal, use the toilet, comb his hair, brush his teeth, and search for his backpack while you simultaneously take a shower, comb your hair, apply some makeup, throw on clothes, gulp down coffee, wash the dishes, feed the goldfish, and sign a permission slip.  Sound easy enough?  Ah, but you must do all of this in less than thirty minutes.  And you may not commission a spouse or anyone else to help you.  Survivors ready, set, go!"

Well, only three moms survived that last challenge.

"Congratulations!  But before you pat yourselves on the back, you'd better get mentally prepared for the next test.  This may be the toughest one of all.  You're now going to go head to head with a teenager.  No, not just any teenager.  In fact, we're throwing in two of them--a boy and a girl.  The boy is 15, the girl is 14.  They both need rides.  She needs you to pick her up at school, then drop her off at the hair salon, come back later and drop her off at the mall, pick her up again then take her off to a babysitting gig.  Meanwhile, the boy needs a ride to his friend's house, back home again, then to another friend's house, a hockey game, a rock concert and back home again.  Now since this is just a simulated test and not actual events, we're giving you one hour to accomplish all this.  And just to make things interesting, the two teens will argue with you, ask to borrow money, criticize your driving, tune the car radio to a station you hate and make you listen to it the whole way, and meet you in a different location than the one you agreed on when you go to pick them up.  Whew!  I told you this one would be difficult.  Survivors ready?  Go!"

If there's a mom still standing after this last challenge, then SHE's the true Survivor.  There's no monetary reward, just the satisfaction of a job well done.

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