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Thursday, March 04, 2010

lifestyles of the delusionally furballed

Day two at the OSU Urban Arts Space was a lot of fun for me, as it gave me the opportunity to work with my peers and lay some groundwork. I got a good feeling for the way the space operates and how I will contribute to it. I'm still not sure what sort of projects I'll be doing, but the experience is still invaluable.

Midday a woman came to give a class on crocheting bags of various designs out of plastic shopping bags. This got a couple of us talking about the charms, and lack thereof, of crocheting.

"Do you crochet?" a male peer asked me.

"No," I laughed. "It's too closely affiliated with turning into a cat lady in my mind." This resulted in sonorous laughter and the lot of us spent several minutes describing the sad and isolated lifestyle of cat ladies everywhere.

"Well," my male peer interjected between snickers, "I think being a cat lady would be a helluva lot better than being a soccer mom." He kept laughing, I smirked, then went silent.

How on earth could being a cat lady be better than being a soccer mom?

Life as Cat Lady:
  • lots of cats
  • selfish lifestyle
  • microwave dinners
  • no friends
  • lots of hairballs
  • overcrowded house to compensate for nothingness
  • hermitdom
  • total isolation
  • no social skills
No, thank you.

Life as Soccer Mom:
  • motherhood
  • love
  • service
  • friends
  • minivan
  • companionship
  • family
  • spouse
  • house overcrowded with laughter and homework
  • joy
  • interaction
  • giving
Aside from the minivan, I'll take the life of a soccer mom any day over being a cat lady. ANY day! I'll even consider the minivan in place of a Volvo station wagon. Yes, I'm an independent woman with dreams and ambitions. I love my involvement with the arts and absolutely refuse to forgo furthering my education. A career may or may not happen. Cats as pets may or may not happen even. But the idea of giving up the opportunity to give my life completely to the service of my children and husband is absolutely unfathomable to me.

Thus saith the moderate with conservative tendencies working in the arts.

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