1. Why you started blogging:
I was weighing up whether I should throw my child against a wall so she would stop crying, and that maybe I could have 15 seconds of peace, or whether I should fill the second script of Zoloft or whether maybe if I sat and actually said the things out loud that bothered me it would make me feel better.
I had never read a blog – I was naive enough to think I was the only mother in South Africa who was blogging. Well I sort of thought I was the only person in Africa who was blogging, I just had no idea actually.
2. What you love about it/ hate about it:
I love that people stop and read what I write, and I really get a “rise” when someone says “I feel just like you” about something – it makes me feel a little bit less alone in my madness.
I am not sure there is something I hate about blogging.
I think there as bloggers we place some pressure on ourselves to blog regularly and also to try to be better bloggers. I am not sure what that means exactly – but I look back over the period I have blogged, and I think I have grown as a person, as a mother, as a partner because I have been blogged.
3. How you came to choose the name for your blog:
I can’t recall specifically, it was really just a name that came to me. As with all things I think I am wildly original, and then when I registered the blog and the domain I realized well the idea of “reluctant mom’ was not that unique.
But I do like the name, and use it on forums and it is my avatar – my little alter ego.
4. Who would you give your last rolo to?
That would be tricky as odds are I would hide it and then sneak it in to my mouth when everyone has left the room, or no one is looking.
The reality is that one of my children would steal it, so it would not so much be a case of giving my last rolo to anyone as it being taken away from me by the fruit of my loins.
5. If I were a colour, which would I be…and why.
I am sure this is a very scientific question and will reveal much about me and how I relate to the world, but in short:
If I was a pair of jean pants: a dark colour
If I were a shirt: probably white
If I were a wine: definitely white
If I were an ink: indigo
If I was choosing a favourite: blue (or pink….)
6. What 3 moments defined your life and explain briefly.
Moment 1: I think the moment when I realized that I had a father and I did not want to have him in my life.
The moment when my mind said “sure you cannot pick your family, but you can sure as hell pick who you want in your world.”
I did not do it with peer pressure, or because someone sat me down and said that it is for the best or the worst, I just decided that this was the way it was going to be.
Moment 2: I think driving to Hermanus with Kennith in the car in 1999, and when I looked over to him and said “I think I am ready to start thinking about us having a baby.” Kennith did proceed to get blind drunk with our friends and puke on the carpet in the room we were sleeping on to which I thought “What a total prick, why would I ever think of having kids with this idiot?”
Moment 3: When Kennith and I were at our lowest of lowest patches in 2006, and at some point I decided/realized that the worst that could happen was that I would have to walk out the door and leave Connor and Georgia with Kennith because I could not afford to take them with me.
It was the hardest decision I have ever had to make, and it was something I had anguised about for months. But that moment of clarity when I realized “if this is the hardest thing you have to do, and you can accept it, and move on” – it was a very powerful moment for me. It was the equivalent of facing my worst fear, looking it in the face and saying “I am not scared of you boogey man, I am not scared of you any more!”
7. What song would best describe you?
I really do not have a life-theme song, so I am really struggling on this one.
I have always enjoyed Smash Mouth – All Star’s and used to keep some of the lyrics pasted above my desk. It is just a song that sits with me, but there are dozens of others that are more meaningful, and that make me cry.
But right now, this is the one I am thinking of.
The ice we skate is getting pretty thin
The waters getting warm so you might as well swim
My world’s on fire how about yours
That’s the way I like it and I never get bored
Hey now you’re an All Star get your game on, go play
Hey now you’re a Rock Star get the show on, get paid
(And all that glitters is gold)
Only shooting stars break the mold
8. If you could choose another career or job and money is no object, what would you do?
I wish I could combine writing, photograpy and aiding families to adopt. Yes I realize the three do not connect in anyway, but we are talking “money is no object and what would you like to do.”
9. If the fairy comes with her magic wand and give you one wish that you have to use for yourself (and no one else), what would it be?
To be able to love completely, without the ever present darkness and shadows.
10.What are you looking forward to for 2011?
I want to feel – I want to feel with a sense of honesty.
I want to love completely, and with abadon.
I want to feel that I am enough.
11. What 3 things are on your wish list for the year?
I want to do something for me, without the guilt which I always attach to something.
I want to find a balance between work, love, children, friends and home.
I want to do something for children in an orphanage or a place of safety this year – I am not sure what.
13. Favourite book – one that you can read over and over and not tire of?
I know I should say something really deep and meaningful here, but the reality is that I read Bill Bryson over and over again – he is one of those authors that makes me laugh even when I read him 1 dozen times.
14. First blog you started reading?
I really thought I was the only blogger known to man when I started. I will be honest and say that I really cannot recall the first blog I read, but I do recall stumbling across Laura, Sharon, Lisa (site unfortunately not up anymore) and also Wenchy fairly early on.
15. You get to make over one room in your house – which room would it be and why? Maybe add a pic of how you would like to change it!
I want to redo our bathrooms – we have these huge bathrooms, but they were done circa 1980 style, and I cannot wait until they are all sleek and modern. I would be too embarrassed to post a picture, as odds are the picture would record the wee on the floor and the unflushed floater left by a child.
The above was adapted from a blog post from Wenchy.