I’m not Mom. I’m Me.

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Although Veggietales are not my favorite characters in the world, they seem to generally make some straight forward, valid points. So, we watch them from time to time. However, as I watched one of their newer episodes, Ever Wondered What Happened to Humpty Before He Cracked?, I couldn’t help but think the lesson they were getting at is not all it’s cracked up to be.

Humpty is the mayor of Gooseville (a town of nursery rhyme characters) and is fed up with the constant demands of the townspeople. He decides it’s time to take a vacation where the only person he needs to help is himself. While he’s gone, chaos ensues, and in the end, he realizes he is being selfish and he should be willing to help each and every person with their every petty complaint.

It just conjured up all sorts of pictures of my own kids whining at me to help them with everything from tying their shoes to wiping their bottoms to breaking up their fights. It’s not selfish to call a time out. It’s not selfish to just help yourself. It’s a good thing to take a break. It’s not a good thing for the pressure of every request to increase the size of the crack in your shell.

I’m not being selfish. I’m just saying that yes, a mom should give sacrificially, but a mom needs to remember that they are also people with needs. When you feel the cracks growing, it’s time to meet your needs.

Mayor Humpty is not Mayor. He is a person with the job of mayor. I am not Mom. I am a person with the job of mom. Taking a break to help only myself provides me with a chance to breathe, to think, to recuperate… to just be me.

And there’s nothing wrong with that.

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