A little while ago, I was chatting on the phone with a friend of mine who is twenty years older than I am. I told her that my daughter had asked me if we could walk down to the bus stop this afternoon and pretend to wait for the bus. It's about a block away from where we live, so I agreed, and off we went. We waited, then pretended to get on the bus, and our "ride" was the walk home. We talked about who we saw on the bus with us, where everybody was going, what was passing by outside the windows, and of course we had to sing "The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round" four or five times. The whole trip to the bus stop and back took maybe twenty minutes, and I was laughing, expecting my friend to say, "How fun." Or something like that anyway.
Instead she said, "You'll really have to start telling that girl you aren't her plaything. You're her mother, and playing isn't in your job description."
I was speechless. I let the subject drop because I didn't even know what to say. Most of us don't believe that, do we? What about the moms with older kids?
Thinking back, I don't recall my mom ever playing with us kids except maybe Scrabble or cards or something like that. (Yes, I had braille cards and board games, still do.) So I got to wondering if the "job description" of a mom has changed in the last generation or two.
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