Great news, my loyal readers! I’m in an(other) anthology that comes out today!
In Only Trollops Shave Above the Knee, 44 of the best bloggers on the Internet and I write about the important lessons that we’ve learned from our mothers. There are funny stories, touching stories, and stories that blend the two as skillfully as Nutella blends hazelnuts and chocolate.
In my essay, “How Not to Be Overwhelmed by Either Toothpaste or Triplets,” I describe how I learned from my mother to do what you have to do without stressing, which is just a waste of time. In this excerpt, I talk about how I’m not just a triplet, but a surprise triplet at that.
My parents had two children and thought their family was complete when ten years later they discovered Mom was pregnant. Surprise! And being 1980, when ultrasounds were far from common, they didn’t find out until the end of the second trimester that their surprise baby was actually surprise babies.
According to my brother, despite all the shock and stress of having to take care of and provide for three more kids, Mom never complained. Dad, however, didn’t handle the news quite so well. According to family folklore, my father spent the following three months in shock. He went to work, came home, ate dinner wordlessly, then he went to bed. But not Mom. She was firmly on the Triplet Train, which in the final trimester has only one destination.She was having these babies, so there was no use complaining or being overwhelmed. I’m sure she probably worried or wondered about what was going to happen, but she carried on with what she had to do.
And again, there are 44 other excellent essays in this anthology.