Tuesday, June 14, 2011

This Tuesday With Old Lady Mary: What's a TUNIC?

Old Lady Mary didn't say much about our outfits today, except to be confused about what a tunic is. I realize I wasn't knocking it out of the park, but come on! Zinashi is! Look at that tutu!

tuesday, june 14, 2011
Click on the photo for more details about our outfits and Old Lady Mary's reactions.

Right after we made our escape exit from Old Lady Mary's, we hightailed it up to rural Leavenworth for some swimming in our friends' pool. Zinashi actually wanted to get in, and then she tried hard to "swim." I've got some photos to share, but I'm saving them for when I do a "Mary as a single mom" post later in the week. I'll just leave you with this one, which says plenty about what swimming will do to a supposedly-four-year-old.

conked out

It was a very quiet ride home. We should go swimming every day.

Confused about who this Old Lady Mary person is and why we show up every Tuesday? Click here and proceed to the paragraph beneath the photo.


  1. Mary, I really adore your blog and I really admire you, but I feel you've fallen into a trap that a lot of women do. You're not a single mother. Your husband being away for several days is no doubt challenging, and difficult, but nonetheless, he comes home. That burden and difficulty is completely different from that faced by a woman who is single and has no partner supporting them.

    I don't say this to be cruel or to attack you -- I really do love this blog. But it smarts to see you tossing around a term that just isn't true.

  2. I wish you could be my stylist. The two of you always look fab, even on days not known as Tuesday.

    Great work as a single parent! I did it for the first time with both girls a couple weeks ago and only made one tearful call to my spouse.

  3. Hey, Anonymous, I am not trying to offend, and was saying "Mary as a single mother" in quotes to poke fun at myself because we all know that's not true, and that managing for four days is quite different from managing all the time. In my last post, which is entitled, "Hats Off to You, Single Parents," I hope I was clear by the title alone that I am in awe of what singles with kids manage every single day. I also know women whose husbands travel a lot for work, and they do much better than I do, too. I am well aware that managing for four days is quite different than managing for one's entire life, or while one's spouse is deployed, or every week when one's spouse is on a business trip. I truly am in awe of what those parents do day in and day out.

    I'd really like to know who I'm addressing; would you mind leaving a name next time?


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