When public recognition goes too far

I’m a stay-at-home mom, right?  It’s a pretty low-profile job.  Don’t get me wrong, I think the job is akin to superhero status, but it’s also a little unspectacular— moms are kind of undercover superheroes whose heroic acts don’t show up in society for like 20 years.  I was informed, however, that perhaps I am underestimating my fame.  Behold this letter I got in the mail:


So, wow.  I’m going to represent my city in Who-knows-who’s Who’s Who.  I’m wondering whether my laundry skills or my perfectly-behaved children have qualified me for this honor.  I’m also not sure which “professional and business community” I’m representing.  Maybe I’m being recognized for my valuable contributions to the diaper industry and fast-food drive-thru windows.  They must be so thankful.  Wow, I have no words to thank the kind (and absolutely delusional) soul who nominated me for this great honor.  It kind of reminds me of the time that my mom secretly filled out the application for me to be in the Miss Teen USA pageant for the state of Georgia and I got a phone call saying I had been chosen.  I feel that same exhilaration (read:  confusion, amusement, and minor disgust) that I felt then.  And now that I’ve scanned the letter to share this great moment of recognition and fame, I think I’ll put it in the recycling bin where it belongs.  I know it’s hard for you to log off now that you know how famous I am, so here’s my autograph to keep you happy until my next post:



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19 thoughts on “When public recognition goes too far

  1. Oh that’s got me giggling. And also wondering why I haven’t received similar accolades. No fair! I mean, I know you have more kids than me but REALLY!

    I’m printing off your autograph now…

  2. Oh, and for the record, I never participated in ANY pageants. My mom just thought I should have (maybe for the scholarships?), but she should have learned her lesson when she was scarred for life because her dad wanted her to be rodeo queen.

  3. I like that Mandy is saluting you. How honorable. Maybe you should send a reply with a photo of you standing amongst all that laundry with a note saying “This is my current standing in the community!”

    Tell us, honestly, what do you do in the evenings to deserve this honor? Are you catwoman?

  4. Wow, so you’re a powerful business woman, eh?
    I remember when my friend got one of those in high school and was bragging about it…I didn’t point out that it was a gimmick to sell those books. She wouldn’t have believed me anyway.

  5. I didn’t know those Who’s Who books went beyond high school and college. And now I’m shocked that I haven’t been nominated. World at large, where’s the love? I’m sure there must be a Who’s Who Among SAHMs- they’ve apparently got one for everything else. When I find it I will nominate you for sure.

  6. I’m totally jealous. I think I need one of those letters. After all, I am halfway through Spring Break at home and everyone is still alive AND happy.
    Which picture will you send in for your profile? I think the one with the mounds of toilet paper in the toilet, the diapers behind the bookshelf, or the fabulous shot of your organized laundry room would be great. Surely no one else would have a picture that describes their work and accomplishments as well as yours. I bet you’ll be picked to be in the “Who’s Who of AMERICA” once they see all that you have put up with and still have become so accomplished. 🙂 CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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