Can’t Take Us Anywhere

Sometimes it feels, for us parents of young kids, that you can dress us up but you can’t take us anywhere.

As I mentioned in my last post, I was set to present at the 2014 Blog Out Loud event last week, and realized I had food colouring-stained hands from doing science experiments on the front sidewalk with the kids. Great! Way to make a first impression (as this was to be my first–but hopefully not last–  kick at the can). I mean, I’m blogging about being a parent, but let’s not look TOO much the part. Why don’t I just show up in yoga pants while I’m at it.

Luckily, I got most of the colour off in time and only had to worry about a regular old bad hair day from the rainy weather.

But it got me thinking of how this was not the first time one of the adults in our house has tried to be professional out in the world, but ended up inadvertently wearing evidence of kids nonetheless.

Ha ha. Those stickers seem to stick to anything! Except, of course, the original surface they were stuck to, which was usually the kids’ faces. They fall off and lie in wait around the house, hitching a ride on unsuspecting adults’ clothing like Disney-themed burrs.

Has anyone else inadvertently worn the “I have small kids” neon sign on their forehead (or the back of their pants, or wherever) when out and about? If so, when I see you at the store, should I tell you if you have paint on your ear or post-hug kid handprints on your behind?

I just know I’ll be at a big, important interview or something one day, realizing too late that my short-sleeved dress shirt reveals the sleeve of stamp tattoos I let Big Bro give me the day before.

“Can I take your coat, Janet?”

“Ah, no, no. I’m a bit chilly. I think I’ll keep it on, thanks.”

I tell ya. Can’t take us anywhere.


If you missed Blog Out Loud last week, here are the selections that were read. Really great variety of topics and perspectives! I was thrilled to be a part of the event. Check it out.

There’s also a great review on the International Writers’ Festival site here which mentions Cartoon-Coloured Glasses. “A pithy post of prose and pictures”, it says (pithy is a good thing; I checked). Delighted!

It also likens the audience’s experience of Blog Out Loud to being at Costco on a Saturday… which I assume means there were a lot of samples of great things to be had– not that it was full of aggressive jerkfaces and you couldn’t wait to get out of there (That’s ‘Costco on a Saturday’ to me).

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Category: Babies and Toddlers, Family, Moms

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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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  1. Christine says:

    Please write a book, it would sell a lot. Love readying you.

  2. Victoria Ess says:

    Haha loved reading this!

  3. kathy downey says:

    Thanks,I really enjoyed the read !!

  4. kathy downey says:

    These always give me a chuckle

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