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10 Things My Children Don’t Know About Me

May 10, 2013

Written by Marykate O’Malley, mysterious mother of three wonderful children, Gladwyne, PA

Photography courtesy of Rachel McGinn Photography

1. I throw out the tattoos they get in their goodie bags.

2. I throw most of the contents from their goodie bags.

3. Any balloons around the house I pop and discard of after a couple days. I feel really mean writing that. Allow me to clarify, they stop playing with them and they are just there. In the corner, or the middle of the room. And it annoys me. So they forget and I pop them. Not when they are around. That would be really mean.

4. Puff the Magic Dragon makes me nostalgic and weepy – “dragons live forever, but not so little boys”. My eyes are filling. Totally normal.

5. I can scarcely think of what I did with my time before I had children. And why did I think I was so busy? What was I doing?

6. ¬†Game Stop, Chuck E Cheese, 5 Below don’t all close as early as I say they do. “Kids, _____ is closed”.

7. There are some items they wear that are purely sacrificial on my part to allow. Examples include but not limited to – Skylanders t shirts, florescent gym shorts, the Justice American flag mustache shirt I just purchased. Yes, I need to repeat that – the Justice American flag mustache shirt I just purchased.

8. Being a mother has made me a better and stronger person and changed me in ways I could never imagine.

9. I want everything for them. Everything.
10. I give everything I have to them, and then some, and then some, and then even more. The miracle of motherhood is the well never runs dry.
Wishing all of you a wonderful and amazing Mothers Day!! Celebrate being a Mom, your children, your Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts and wonderful sisters! What a tremendous gift it is to be a Mother!!

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  1. Anne Schenendorf

      on May 10, 2013 2:08 pm

    Happy Mothers Day to you MaryKate!!!! I love this! I have sais about 9 out of 10 of these(they haven’t recieved any in a gift bag. They were free ones at Day Out with Thomas and I did pretend I didn’t see that sign. I feel lucky they can’t yet read). Motherhood is a comical crazy act of continual love. I sit here reading this with one baby napping and one not. Yet life is good because they are here. I have mud on my jeans shorts because when we got to our picnic at the playground today these guys found the only puddle and before I could interject had a blast. They were so muddy it was all over their faces. As I ran up Seany was stepping out of his shorts because they were so heavy with mud. It was so unbelievable I was crying from laughing so hard. A friend had 2 spare shirts, one pair of pants and a diaper. She graciously offered us all and then convinced us to stay. Jack wore underwear over his borrowed diaper. The kicker is this was not our first run in with this puddle. The same thing happened a year or so ago. I learned always pack a couple extra outfits. You never know. I hope I remember these moment vividly. I have a feeling they will keep coming. Happy Mothers Day!!!!


  2. Anne Schenendorf

      on May 10, 2013 2:10 pm

    I haven’t thrown out tatoos I meant to say but I also haven’t offered them either…


  3. Marykate

      on May 10, 2013 10:41 pm

    Anne – love! Puddles are so much fun and they do loose their interest in them so enjoy! These boys are so blessed to have you. And so am I!


  4. Heidi Farmer

      on May 25, 2013 11:34 am

    Marykate, this was just awesome! I can identify with so, so much of this. Love to you sista!


  5. Marykate

      on May 25, 2013 9:44 pm

    thanks Heidi! Love to you too!!


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