By: Jessica Azar
As a mother who is well-versed in the art of melting down, (just look around on my blog if you don’t believe me) I thoroughly enjoyed The Mother of All Meltdowns. The ladies that contributed to this amazing anthology skillfully depict the wide range of emotions and circumstances that REAL women face as mothers. The result is a hilarious book that can encourage mothers when they’re rattled from the constant demands of their lives by showing them that they’re not alone in the trenches of Motherhood.
And believe me… I totally know how Motherhood can feel like warfare… In dealing with my Herd of four, I’ve felt like I’m fighting against the tiny army I helped to create… And sometimes it feels like the tiny Herd Army is winning. That’s usually when I find myself I
Smack-dab in the middle of a meltdown. In reading Jen Kehl’s essay “Broken Glass”, I was startled to find that someone else has a child just like my oldest son! Both of our sons are way too smart for their own good, and love taking apart everything. EVERYTHING. You have to read this essay and see what happens when they give him the defunct washing machine to tinker with and take apart…. And Jen’s subsequent meltdown. I identified with her right away and sought her out on twitter to chat! We are praying our boys never meet… Because the world isn’t ready for a real life Phineas and Ferb. Jen’s the author of The Skewed View blog. Don’t miss out on it!
The welcoming style of the compilation made me feel like I was at a “girls night out” for drinks and a therapeutic tell-all… And at this party, more than likely, someone can either one-up your worst day, or at least make you thankful for you’re own particular brand of household insanity. It’s like a portable pep-talk session and hilarious gab fest bound in a purse-friendly size…. And GUESS WHAT!?! Until Mother’s Day, you can get TMoAM in Kindle form from Amazon for $.99! That’s a heck of a bargain for so many laughs and the priceless validation a Mom can get from reading these stories!
Motherhood, as wonderful as it can be, can also be Hell. Absolute Hell…. But not only do these writers show what led up to their meltdowns and the actual experience of melting down, they also recount the lessons they learned in these experiences and how they moved forward. It encourages the reader to keep pushing forward, no matter how freaking hideous the situation may be, and that while other meltdowns are surely in the forecasts of their futures, that great times are in between the bad ones. I loved how a stressful situation turned into a hilarious, memory-filled one in “The Great Powdered Sugar Fight of 2007” by Marcia Kester Doyle of Menopausal Mother.
One thing I truly loved about the variety of essays in this collection was the common threads of nearly tangible love of the writers for their children, which we as mothers reading this can feel as we read, and also the naked humanity of the writers in their roles as mothers. It’s very comforting and reassuring to feel those shared bonds lifting off the pages… And made me proud to belong to the club of Motherhood for the millionth time.
And for Heaven’s sake, PLEASE treat yourself to this book, ladies… Load it on your Kindle for $.99, get some on to watch the kids and get a pedicure while you laugh your cares away… And if your nail tech says anything half as rude as Melissa Galileo’s nail tech said to her in “I’m Not Pregnant, I’m Fat”, kick her straight in the teeth.
Because that’s just freaking offensive.
Let me know what YOU think of the book!