You may (or may not) recall that I blogged in the past about me hoarding my children. My son, Dominic, is a high school senior this year, and I confess that my behavior has escalated. Thus far, no one has focused an intervention toward me; however, with my daughter Elise’s newfound “feedback” directive, it may be coming. (They’re pictured attached with my husband on our summer vacation.)
How do I know that my child hoarding behavior has escalated? You be the judge. Like David Letterman, let’s do a top 10 list.
Top 10 examples of why I’m a Mommy hoarder:
10. I have a chair and blanket in my trunk for high school sporting events.
9. We have sandwich night at least once a week so I can go to after school games, matches, events, whatever.
8. I text my children…often.
7. We have family dinner night whenever feasible.
6. I have drastically minimized my work travel schedule.
5. I say, “No, thank you” to most evening engagements.
4. I say “yes” to friend and team sleep overs at my house.
3. We take “group selfies,” or phone pictures together.
2. Family movie night now includes a girlfriend.
1. I bought a mixer for baking.
By the way, there are enablers out there. You know who you are. Some of you have even coached me. After receiving a mass invite e-mail at work, I have stuck my head in the hallway and have heard, “No, you can’t do that talk because you are serving food at team dinner.” So, before you judge me, look in the mirror ladies.
PS. Please email me your easy casserole recipes.
Vivian E. von Gruenigen, M.D.
Chair, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Summa Akron City Hospital
Summa Health System