Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Peer Pressure, At My Age?

How is it possible that I have been out of school for 13 years, married for 12, and a Mom for almost 1 and I still feel the need to cave into peer pressure? Who sets these standards anyway? Do I set standards for others without even knowing it? You see, we just moved into a new neighborhood where people tend to be more active than I'm used to. Sure, I love taking Munchkin for a stroll around the neighborhood, (when it's not 100 degrees outside) When we first moved, we would wait for Hubby to get home and go on a walk, and that's when I noticed that there was something different going on around here..... As I watched other family's stroll past, and looked in the yards as we walked by, I noticed that all of the strollers were the same, the cute little 3-wheel jogging strollers, the ones for the serious walker/jogger. And there we were, with our big, old, chunky, stroller with 4 wheels. I'm clearly out of the loop here. So, as we park our stroller in the garage and head inside, I realize that I can never go walking around this neighborhood again until I can look like the "Other Mommies" How stupid is this? At my age, I should really be past this, right? For weeks now, Munchkin and I have watched from the kitchen window at breakfast time, as the neighbors stroll by, Mommies with babies, whole families, and even the occasional Dad with baby. So, I did it, I finally went out and purchased a "suitable" stroller! And I couldn't just by the most boring one they had... No, I got the one with the Ipod connector so that Munchkin and I can listen to our favorite music (currently a compilation of songs about "bananas", "chickens", and "raindrops"), and for her, the hook-on steering wheel with working horn and engine sounds...... Not only are we going to fit in, but maybe WE will set the new standard around this neighborhood for 3-wheel strollers. Now, technically it's not a "jogging" stroller, but who am I kidding. I don't run unless someone is chasing me!!!!

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