The Truth, In Twelve Words Or Less

March 30, 2008

The truth about motherhood:

The sum of all universes, shat upon, but ever-wiped and diapered.

(Spare and obscure, I admit – and meaningful, perhaps, only to me – but I was simply incapable of even beginning to ponder the question, what is the truth about motherhood according to me?, without either writing a six-volume epic, or a koan. I went with the koan.

If you’re reading this Sunday, you’ve still got time to answer the question, put forward by PBN. You might try to do it as a koan, in one shortish sentence. Be sure to link PBN and Discovery Health if you do it before midnight tonight. Let me know, though, via linkage and/or comments, if you go the koan route – which is, really, just a concise sentence, usually one that articulates contradictions, but it can sound however you like. Your truth about motherhood, twelve words – or so – or less. I’d love to compile them. )

(Look! SusieJ did it! So did Ali-RN! You can too!)

My universes, summarized. (Soon to be universes, squared.)

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    Fairly Odd Mother March 30, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Oh my. I feel like I should mail back my diploma since I have no idea what in the world a koan is. A poem plus a ???chorus???. I’m off to google this term to save myself from the ignorance.

    But, whatever it is, yours was very good.

    zellmer March 30, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    I had to look it up, as well. But thanks for teaching me a new word. Wonderbaby is supercute.

    Dr. Leah - Transformation Revolution March 30, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    “My universes, summarized.”

    I completely love that line! Very cool.

    Dr. Leah - Transformation Revolution March 30, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    mothering, the foundation of all to me, encompassed and transformed my being

    that’s my summary…


    Her Bad Mother March 30, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Leah – beautiful.

    ourlittlefunnybunny March 30, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    What a gorgeous photo! She looks all toddler like now!


    susiej March 30, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    I think I need to return my diploma too, as I never learned about koans. Yet, you inspired me to google the term… and I wrote my first koan. My question, which I still find inaccessible to the rational mind.
    Irrationality of Motherhood

    susiej March 30, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Well… it would be nice if I could make a rational link!

    Kyla March 31, 2008 at 9:10 am

    I keep looking at your banner and then looking at WB and thinking….wow, she’s really grown this year.

    Lovely post, Cath.

    Anonymous March 31, 2008 at 11:13 am

    oh catherine wonderbaby is really growing into a sweet little girl…and i will have to go google koan to see what precisely it is….LAVANDULA

    FishyGirl March 31, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    I don’t know about the whole koan thing, it is hard to think when your nose is running, but I just had to say, WB? She is lovely as usual, but when exactly did she become such a big kid? Wow.

    ALI March 31, 2008 at 3:45 pm
    Her Bad Mother March 31, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    FG – NO EFFING IDEA. I’m as amazed as you are.

    Miss Merry Sunshine March 31, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    She looks like fun ;)

    Motherhood: the best and worst job I’ve ever had.

    Lady M April 2, 2008 at 3:44 am

    Cute, cute, cute. Sorry, brain turned all gooey when I saw that picture.

    Hey – I love We Covet! Congrats on the new site. I followed the link to the wall decals post at RealSimple and FINALLY found a wall decoration for Q. Thank you.

    foop April 2, 2008 at 10:00 am

    OK, this is closer to a haiku than a koan, but here you go:

    The world turns without asking my permission.

    I try to tie a string around the ocean.

    Time flows through my fingers.

    My baby is four.

    Shannon April 3, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Oooh Foop! That’s fantastic!

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