We had the ‘Today Is Awesome’ jelly clings on the window above our shower for far too long ⏤ they were on there for years ⏤ and I don’t know what happened but they started to melt. And as they melted, these fruit flies got stuck in them and over time it became a really good metaphor for the everyday challenge and contradiction of parents trying to be their own cheerleaders. We say: ‘Yay, parenting is awesome, but in reality, it’s also kind of horrible and gross and hard.’ Ironically, the part that melted spelled out “IS ME.” As in, an actual part of you is melting away sometimes. Yeah, it’s a pretty cynical one.
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