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the ‘someone-knows-better-than-you’ mum research

August 15, 2015

Now, they are bringing out the mum research
and, the counter competing mum research…

the biological mum
the adoptive mum
the foster mum
the step-mum
the someone better step in and be mum
the straight mum
the lesbian mum
the married mum
the single mum
the young mum
the had-a-career-first mum
the stay at home mum
the working mum
the feminist mum
the more-to-me-than-being-a-mum
the only-life-I-know mum
the traditional mum
the tiger mum
the trooper mum
the loyal and longsuffering mum
the left-that-son-of-a-bitch-loser mum
the beaten black and blue mum
the greenie mum
the grieving mum
the still birth mum
the one-that-got-away mum
the had-to-give-you-up mum
the still-longing-for-you mum
the did-what-I-had-to-do mum
the pro-choice mum
the no-choice mum
the guilty mum
the grumpy mum
the frumpy mum
the yummymummy mum
the flabbytummy mum
the sexymama mum
the smoking mum
the smacking mum
the super-mum
the good mum
the good-enough mum
the devoted mum
the disabled mum
the distant mum
the capable mum
the corporate mum
the compassionate mum
the confident mum
the conflicted mum
the conflict-zone mum
the peace-maker mum
the home-wrecker mum
the home-maker mum
the home-school mum
the tuck-shop mum
the soccer mum
the stage mum
the manager mum
the misty-eyed mum
the helicopter mum
the egalitarian mum
the submissive mum
the permissive mum
the conservative mum
the radical mum
the crazy mum
the crackhead mum
the organic mum
the modern mum
the earthmother mum
the CWA mum
the urban mum
the slum mum
the venerable mum
the vulnerable mum
the on-the-run mum
the over-my-dead-body mum
the lay-down-and-die mum
the widowed mum
the divorced mum
the difficult mum
the desperate mum
the dumped mum
the dead mum

We are all the mum.
We are all the someone-thinks-you’re-doing-it-wrong mum.
We are all the someone-knows-better-than-you mum.

Of course they all know better.
But we are still
the mum

giving life to a child
losing the life of a child
loving the lost child
losing ourself in giving love to a child
living life with a child
loving a child into life

we don’t do it because we know how,
or because it’s right,
or because we knew what we were doing,
but because it is the life
that is happening to us,
making us the mum,
giving us the child
and making the child
and taking the child from us.

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