North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL


September 25, 2013

Danielle Cater: This mom gig is harder than it looks

COMMENTARY — Have you ever arrived at work on a Monday morning and thought, “Why do I even try?” That’s exactly how I felt this past Monday when my morning was less than desirable.

It was an average day. Everyone in the house was running a little late, and so the hectic time began. By 7:25 a.m. we should all be merrily in the car headed to the school house. Well, this morning at 7:25 I was popping frozen waffles into the microwave and throwing backpacks and lunch boxes on the table for pick up.

The girls didn’t have shoes on, their hair was a mess and you can guess that they hadn’t touched their toothbrushes yet. My amazing husband was helping where he could, but a momma has a schedule and the husband usually just gets thrown in where he can help. He helped rush the girls out the door while I was dragging a brush through tangled hair and he loaded all of the bags, nap mats, lunch boxes and dozen cupcakes into the car.

Yes, you read that right: For once in my life, I was going to go above and beyond. Since we had extra cupcakes left over from our spend-the-night party this weekend, I thought it would be nice to bring cupcakes for the first graders’ snack time. It’s also homecoming week, so I figured that would be all the more reason to have a happy snack.

Once in the car, I realized that there are only a dozen cupcakes left, and there are 20 students in Raygan’s first grade class. Being quick on my feet, I explain that we are going to send the cupcakes to Anna’s kindergarten class and later in the week we would make a whole new batch for Raygan’s class. She accepted that answer, but quickly followed up with another question. “Momma, what are we suppose to eat for breakfast?”

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    In these photos, everyone else in the family is smiling as if this were their favorite vacation of all times, but I am huffing with my arms crossed and a literal frown on my face.

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    March 20, 2014

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    I probably work in the wrong profession to hate political correctness, but I do. I can’t stand it when I feel as if I need to walk on eggshells all the time to keep from hurting people’s feelings. I don’t try to be excessively offensive, but people are so easily offended these days, it’s almost impossible not to tick someone off by everything that you say or do.

    March 14, 2014

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    I did something recently that is apparently out of the ordinary for most people. I went to a marriage conference while I was not in the midst of marital problems.

    March 6, 2014

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    February 28, 2014

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    Many people got to take a vacation day this past Monday for MLK Day. What this day stands for is a great cause and an issue that should be addressed, but for many people, it was just another holiday.
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    January 22, 2014