Thursday, April 3, 2014

Dear Pinterest Moms,


You thought I was going to say something else, didn't you? You thought this was going to be ANOTHER rant against Pinterest, against crafting, against “making our children's lives magical”. Nope. Sorry. It isn't that.  This is for you Pinterest Mom. Because you know what? I like you. And I like you, because I AM you.

Yes. I confess, I'm a “Pinterest Mom”. Not only do I pin that sh-t, I do that sh-t. And GUESS FREAKIN WHAT? I don't do it for “show”. I don't do it to make other moms feel “inadequate”. Heck, I don't even do it for my kids' benefit. Oh no. It's even crazier than that. Hold on, because this may astonish you, (not you Pinterest Mom, you already know the reason), but YOU, you many writers of many articles and all those moms who comment “AMEN”! You all may be astonished.

Because you don't get WHY: why we craft with our kids, why we create “themed bedrooms”, why we throw elaborate birthday parties, why we bake cookies, and make our kids' foods into crazy animal shapes. You don't get it. Because you don't like it. You don't want to do it. Well, I get that. Because that's our reason too: desire.

That's right. We Pinterest Moms are “Pinterest Moms” because we like it. We like to craft. We like to decorate. We like to cook and throw parties. We like to make stuff, FOR FUN. We don't do it to make other mothers feel inadequate. We don't do it to show off. And if and when we do show our crafts/baking/parties, it isn't FOR YOU. No. You don't like it. We get that. We just read the fiftieth article that painted us all with the “show off/trying too hard/faking it” brush. So we now know you don't want to see it. But that's okay. Because we didn't post that pic to Instagram for you.

It was for US. Yes, us. So I say it again: PINTEREST MOMS UNITE. Unite and tell the world: we want to see that sh-t. We want to see what so and so did with clothespins, and what so and so made with twigs. We want to see that fondant cake, because heck, maybe we will make one just like it! Heck, that's a good idea. WOW, I never thought to do that before. That. Looks. FUN. And that's why we do it: F U N.

We're having fun. We're not contriving magic. We are not more concerned about our children than you are. We are not better moms. We are just crafty moms. And we were crafty before we had kids. And we will be crafty when our children are grown up. And we are just pleased as punch that we have teeny little willing crafting/cooking/baking partners.

And you know what? If you don't craft/cook/bake/whatever, with your kids, that's okay. We Pinterest Moms don't care. In fact, my mother never did anything like that with me. And look at me now! I can't stop crafting. So don't feel like your children are missing out (and if you're really concerned throw some craft supplies their way, or not; there's always twigs).

But you see: it's not a competition. We were never competing. We were just having fun in the way that we have fun. If you have a different sort of fun with your family: do it. Post videos of your entire family singing together on Youtube. Go right ahead. And I promise to not feel inadequate because of them. I'd rather be poked in the eye repeatedly than do that sh-t.  

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