When my friend and our dear Johi of Confessions of a Cornfed Girl gave me I Just Want To Pee Alone, the new book that she contributed to, I was a little hesitant. The book was written by a group of talented mom bloggers; a book of compiled stories of motherhood and laughter. So how would I– not a mother, a woman who fears children and childbirth deeply, and someone who’s a bit of an asshole as far as humor is concerned–enjoy this?
As it turns out, I had no reason at all to be concerned. I laughed–out loud–more times than I can count. Enough so that Adrian had to ask me repeatedly what the hell I was reading, and then ask me to read it elsewhere because I woke him up. The stories touched less on ‘hilarious musings of parental drudgery’ of which I feared, and more on the experience of motherhood and the inherent comedy therein.
If you’re afraid of a bunch of gross tales of diaper explosions and overshare a la the bad parents of STFU, Parents, don’t be. The stories varied widely. There were diaper explosion tales, sure–it’s a book written by moms–but even those were funny to me (again, a non-parent). I spit out water when one mother spoke of “getting smacked in the cookie by a spa worker.” I thought I was going to choke when Disney World–one of my favorite places in the world–was trashed brilliantly by a mother of very small children. I dropped the book in tears of laughter when the line, “Oh, are you here to wash mom off of you?” came up in a story about a funeral.
Johi’s story filled me with both fear and hope. Johi’s tale was of becoming that which you laugh at–don’t smirk at mothers, because you will be there one day. On the first read, I dreaded that knowledge of who I would become. And then, I realized–if I can be Johi as a mother, if I can be as funny as these women are, then I’ll be great. And as she said in her inscription, I can have a C-Section and keep my ‘cookie’ in it’s current shape. Score.
I genuinely loved reading this book, and I think you will too. It’s a nice, quick read that will keep you laughing and entertained. And, it’s only $8.99 in paperback, and only $5 on Kindle. Support your bloggers, support mothers, buy the book!
As an aside, I was not paid for this review. Johi asked me to be honest, and I was. She is also nice and pretty and I like her hair.
This Week’s Thursday Throwdown Winner Is:
Cheryl S.: Toy Story: The toys don’t really come to life, Andy’s just schizophrenic.
I would love that to be true, Cheryl. You win!