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September 17, 2004


Mellie Helen

I don't think vaudeville originated the phrase, "The Show Must Go On" -- mommies did.


Boy, you hit the nail on the head with that one. I developed Rheumatoid Arthritis after having my first child 20 years ago. I chose to have two more children and am glad I did but there are times that it is close to impossible to keep the outside shining brightly. A divorce 12 years ago didn't help much either.

I am a firm beleiver that if you smile on the outside you will start to smile on the inside, too. And sometimes, it actually works.


How did you know I was feeling like that? Wow...and yes, sometimes it has to be enough that I'm awake.


Thank god for coffee. And TV so sometimes I can lay on the sofa while he plays. Sometimes just the fact that I'm awake has to be enough.


Wow. Very eloquent description of the dichotomy a parent might feel. There are days I feel drained; thankfully, though, most days I feel pretty together. I've always been a multi-tasker, so for me, craziness is the norm :) You're a great writer.

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