What you see and who I am are not always the same. My reputation depends on who you are and what me you have heard about or have dealt with. I have many reputations all wrapped up in one me. One fabulously awesome ME!
You may have heard of Their Mom. Teachers and other school officials will tell you I am passionate when it comes to my children. I will stand up and fight for their last right in anything and everything. I will not back down, I will question your every answer and I will hold my children responsible for themselves and the school officials responsible for their actions as well.
The Girl Scout Volunteer who has been around awhile and is really scary. Who are you talking about? Trust me on this I am far more scared of you than you are of me. I am not a huge fan of talking in front of large crowds and I am very self conscious. I don’t talk to people first in a group setting because my anxiety is high and I really don’t want to be rejected publically. I will agree I am loud and I fake the assertive in your face personality well.
The Cool Mom. Now that is a reputation I like. Right until you hear “You are suppose to be the cool mom, now you SUCK!” I am a realistic mom. I believe all children deserve privacy and space. If you are in trouble and I take your cell phone you get to keep your battery. Trust me I probably don’t want to know what is on that phone. Having sex? In my head I am doing the please say no a thousand times a minute but what comes out of my mouth is “Do you need condoms? Be safe not sorry.”. Found a teenage party and got drunk and need a safe ride home? Yes please call me, I will come for you. I won’t be happy but I will save the lecture for when you are sober and hung over so you enjoy it more. Be honest, don’t lie and yes by some standards I will be the coolest mom ever. Don’t test me on the lying thing, liars can’t be trusted…..ever!
Crazy animal owner or sucker for animals. I love animals, they are honest and true. Not a liar among them so if that makes me crazy because I like to hang with them cool. Animals deserve respect and devotion.
I am sure I have other reputations, some I probably don’t want to know about even. I know I make judgments on others at times that build on their distorted reputations as well. Not all reputations are bad and not all judgments are made with all of the facts. It is hard to change a reputation once it is out there and it is not always easy to put your best foot first all the time, sometimes we slip or fall really hard instead.