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(http://www NULL.achildafter40 NULL.com/marilyn-mcreavy-birth-at-55/potato-salad/)It was Olympic Gold Medalist, Marilyn McReavy (see link below) who said that becoming a mother in midlife was like suddenly running a marathon after being a couch potato.
Having given birth to her twin boys at the age of 55, you could say that Ms. McReavy knew her midlife sedentary spuds.
Even if you’ve been exercising faithfully at the gym three times a week and stuffing your face with raw carrots and kale, you still qualify as an honorary Couch Potato the minute you find yourself giving birth after 40.
Why? Because “embarking on the equivalent of a late-life triathlon” (http://www NULL.guardian NULL.co NULL.uk/lifeandstyle/2006/jun/03/family NULL.family) is a 24/7 event to infinity and beyond and there’s no time to drop kick the “pause” button and say, “Gee, maybe I should have gone to Old Ethel’s School of Child Management For Budding Seniors before I signed up for this.”
Last night, around 9.00pm, I was just too sapped of strength to make lunches for Frank, Alex and Lizzie, each headed for work, camp and preschool (respectively) this morning. I felt like “Flat Stanley” from Alex’s reading library, after a bulletin board had fallen on him in the night—ergo, flat as a pancake.
This morning, I paid the fine. There I was with Frank’s jumbo feed bag, full of homemade muffins, granola, two cokes with matching crab leg sandwiches. Then there was the “Alex Special Combo” (named by Alex himself) ham and “butter cheese” (cream cheese) whole wheat bagels and Lizzie’s “No, I don’t want strawberries—I throw them in the garbage!” lunch sack.
And that was before breakfast, before brushing of teeth, before dressing, before sunscreen, before, before, before…ad infinitum. It reminded me of the Flintstones episode when Wilma and Betty ran around with serving trays singing breathlessly. ”Here I am on the run with a burger on a bun…”.
Moral of the story? Drawing from Franks’ “If life gives you lemons…” sermon, I’ve made up one of my own. If life means running a Couch Potato Marathon, make potato salad. And make it the night before.
Notes for this blog:
Ref #1: Olympic Gold Medalist, Marilyn McReavy (http://www NULL.sports-reference NULL.com/olympics/athletes/mc/marilyn-mcreavy-1 NULL.html)
Ref #2: unning a marathon after being a couch potato (http://www NULL.cbsnews NULL.com/stories/2006/09/05/earlyshow/contributors/tracysmith/main1967744 NULL.shtml).
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