My twenties are very far away. There was a time where I was not married and did not have kids. And for those who doubt, really, I use to be so damn cool. I use to be ...
Before, I would catch all jokes, and would always have an answer ready. Now, if you tell me “oops, I lost the kids”, I might freak out and call the cops… even if you look at me with a “just kidding” face, I will not appreciate.
Also do not joke around the fact that there is no more wine or no more hot water. I need wine to evade – sometimes – and hot water to have a 5-minute relaxing shower. So I might not appreciate. Sometimes, I surprise myself joking … but I am always the only one laughing. People stare, puzzled. So I have to tell my joke again to get half (polite) smiles.
Before it was: “me, going out without high heels, pfff never”. Now, I grab the first flats I find without caring if they match my outfit. Do you know what it is like to live in a city where there are no Zara stores? Before living in Toledo, I had never ordered clothes online. I was one of those women who consider shopping as a real workout. Now, I have Zara app on my phone and I am a master at ordering, tracking, trying on and returning clothes that do not fit. Really, I love my kids but the Zara box waiting for me in front of my door is always the highlight of my day.
If you see me now, you might not believe it but, really, I use to be trendy. I was always aware of the latest designers’ collections and would renew my wardrobe every season. Now, when I enter a store I first go to the kids’ section, and then there is no more budget for me. Also, how can I be motivated to dress up, NOBODY cares here, in Toledo, Ohio. Finally, let’s be honest, yoga pants are so comfortable. It’s like a second skin. Why would I wear something else? I even think that we should have an “International yoga pants day” with a dedicated song.
… Such a party girl
In my twenties, I was such a fun party girl. I was wild, free and always motivated for a fun night out. I was even funnier after a couple of drinks. I could dance all night long and still go to work the next day … without feeling tired. In clubs, I was one of those cool girls with a cigarette in one hand and a glass on the other hand. My friends and I were so broke that one beer would last the entire evening and we would buy one pack of cigarettes and share among us.
Now, after one glass of Chardonnay, I am completely useless. My nights out without kids end at 11 … the very latest, because I am tired or because of the babysitter or because blabla, always a good reason …
Do I regret this time? Of course neahhh. I have never felt so complete now than I have a family. I enjoy my thirties, my coffee addiction and among everything my role as a mother and wife. It is always interesting to back in time to see how far we went and how much we achieved. I guess I turned into a cool mom and someday into a cool grandma (but not yet, please).
Here, it is all about food, children and me.
Claire, mom of two adorable girls. Montessori believer.
A few pounds overweighted and a few inches too short. Sometimes too French for Americans and most of the time too American for French people. Rarely down to earth but often out of my mind.