Saturday, March 17, 2007

The ol' mare ain't what she used to be

So have you seen the new Suave commercial that claims, "89% of moms say they've let themselves go"?

It's a cute ad, and they're smart to target the harried mom demographic, but you know what, honey? It takes a lot more than a little Suave. Sometimes I catch a glimpse of myself reflected in the grocery store window and gasp, forced to look away in horror.

I was in Walmart the other day, chastising myself for being unable to silence the voice in my head from saying things like, "Oh, sweetheart, that is really not your color," or "Are you sure you need the double-size value pack of Snickers?" Now, I know I'm the last person who should throw stones, but my inner monologue remains evil.

Anyway, feeling quite superior having identified all that's wrong with the Sunday-afternoon Walmart crowd, I get home and look in the mirror. Hair: unwashed and nesty. Face: pasty white and in dire need of eyeliner, mascara, and maybe a little lip gloss. Sweatshirt: emblazoned with a HUGE, crusty, dried up patch of spit up. NICE.

Cruel irony aside, is it really that we moms have let ourselves go? Or are we just focusing on what's important?

I haven't quite decided. (But I need to re-read this post before I head off to Walmart again...or at least remember to check the mirror first.)


NuttyMeatfruit said...

I finally saw the ad ... it's true, we may not always have lustrous locks, glossy lips, or perfectly pressed suits--but our babes are always warm, clean, and well-fed ... that is what's important.

BeanMa said...

Well said, Nutty! Amen sista!