Do you ever read the comic strip Rose is Rose? Rose, the average mom, who's alter ego is a Biker Chick? Do you know who I'm talking about? Check out the cartoon below, it'll jog your memory.
When I was in high school, I remember my mom reading Rose is Rose and loving her alter ego. At the time I thought it was funny but I didn't really "get" what Biker Chick was really about. Now that I'm a mom I can totally relate...I know exactly how Rose feels when Biker Chick pops up.
It seems to me as women become mothers their true personalities become dormant for their children. We don't express what we truly want to express or do what we truly want to do and, as Rose puts it, we stay out of trouble. We have part of ourselves that we hide for our children and others.
Let's face it, if you saw another mom like Biker Chick you'd probably have the fleeting thought that maybe she isn't a good mom or maybe her kid must be a little hellion. If you saw a mom riding around on a motorcycle or sky diving you might think she is pretty reckless and irresponsible and you might think twice before letting little Johnny head over to play with her kids. We all make snap judgements on what we see.
How much of your personality do you hide from your own children? I like a beer every now and again but I don't drink in front of my kids. Besides the fact Yahoo drinks out of every container she can get her hands on, it's difficult explaining to Yip and Yap that even though drinking may be bad for your health adult's have the right to make their own choices and children don't. At least not all the time.
Don't all moms have an alter ego like Rose's Biker Chick? Don't we all have another life we would live if we didn't have kids or that, we hope, we'll be able to live once our kids are older? I know I do.