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Why Being A Mom Is Kind of Like Being a Navy Seal

January 21, 2014

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


1. We work in harsh conditions, with very little sleep, unclear direction and constant danger. Despite these challenges we keep those enlisted to our care safe, fed and make sure they bring their violin to school on Wednesdays.


2. As Moms there is no rest for the weary. Saturday morning I dropped a 60 pound printer on my left foot and without pausing at all – closed and locked the front door, hobbled to the car and drove off to basketball practice. It was 5 minutes into the ride when my breath and voice returned.


3. Once I had an acute case of the swine flu and instead of going to the hospital, enlisted the help of good friends to transport my kids to and from school with post school playdates. In the morning, I would drag myself out of bed, tell them how lucky they were – “you get to buy lunch again!” Send them off, collapse into bed, wake upon their return, tell them how lucky they were “we get to do a pizza movie night again!” I don’t think they even noticed I was sick. They were so happy about the cafeteria lunches, playdates and pizzas.


4. We have babies. Enough said.


5. We potty train, survive the terrible two’s, can nurse a family back to health like Florence Nightingale, manage conflicting schedules, sibling rivalry and all in a day’s work.




6. Once at the tender age of three my youngest started running towards the street as I watched a car turn the corner and head directly towards her, not seeing her at all. I screamed her name and sprinted towards the car preparing to throw myself in front of it to cushion her blow. Thankfully, the driver heard me and slammed on the breaks. Being a Mom is also like being in the Secret Service.


7. There are no accolades, no parades, no award ceremonies. We serve to serve, expecting nothing in return except the complete awesomeness of being a Mom.




Has anyone done this…. Moms are a germ barrier – your baby’s paci falls on the sidewalk or street (gross but true) – you don’t have access to a sink or hand wipes or other sanitizer. So you suck on it to remove the germs and hand the pacifier to crying baby. I did this once on Greenwich Avenue, it’s a hazy memory – double stroller, crying baby, desperation…


Okay Moms, what are your favorite war stories?



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  1. Anne Schenendorf

      on January 22, 2014 10:07 am

    MaryKate I love this!!!! Best analogy ever. That is exactly what being a Mom is- you can’t remember when you last showered or felt bored but your kiddies are happy- even if you just had a printer dropped on your foot. Btw are you ok?!!!! It’s a delicate dance. I’ve realized recently that that my joy can be related directly back to my little ones happiness. It does feel like things explode around you and the name of the game is to smile at the wee ones and say- yay, everything is great/funny/wonderful. Yesterday snow was falling as our minivan climbed a steep hill on the way to preschool. I prayed to all above for our car to make it and the ones in front of us not to slide back down(this happened to me pre babies and so therefore wasn’t scary), all the while cheerily talking about potty power. 😉 It is hard wonderful important role- that if being a Navy seal or mommy…


  2. Joanne Schenendorf

      on January 22, 2014 12:21 pm

    Yes!! A wonderful analogy! You guys are both amazing Moms! Soldier on! One day your kids will appreciate and realize all you did ( when they are parents!) haha
    ( Actually I think Choppy appreciates me too!! )


  3. Marykate

      on January 22, 2014 6:21 pm

    Thanks Joanne and Anne – we Moms are tough! And I agree – I think all the time – how did my mom do it?…. But she is a warrior! We all are!


  4. Marykate

      on January 22, 2014 6:23 pm

    And Anne – thanks for asking – fine :) humongo bruise but honestly I cant believe it isnt broken – swear it is yoga and rolling over my feet – second time something that should have broken my foot didn’t!


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