For a while now I’ve been amused reading a new blog called “Seriously, so Blessed!” I’ve mentioned this blog once before but for those unfamiliar it’s a spoof blog; an over-the-top parody of the lives of Mormon women, particularly wives and moms and resonating even closer with those living in Utah or “Zion” as they like to call it. It seems that when “mommy blogging” became popular Mormon women began blogging but with their own special flair. What sets them apart from other mommy bloggers? Well, for starters their lives are usually perfect. And they are not simply perfect because they’re just lucky that way, they’re perfect because they are righteous; they are living what they refer to as “The Plan”. One of the amusing posts from this site talked about how lucky the author felt to get pregnant due to being righteous by “removing her second pair of earrings”. If that makes no sense I’ll translate: it seems a while back the powers that be in Mormonism stated that women should not wear more than one pair of earrings. No, I’m not kidding. We are talking about an organization that instructs its members what to eat, wear, read, how to spend free time, whom to associate with and more. I know this because I was once one of them. And I lived in Utah. Beyond the amusement of reading Seriously, so Blessed for me is a mixed bag of emotions about what it was like to live that life. As the writer asks her readers questions such as; “is on-line shopping on a Sunday against the plan?” and “is it okay to wear a sleeveless top?” I must say I enjoy not feeling like I have to worry about such things. (As if we don’t have enough things to worry about!) It’s comforting to look at my life now, a life lived genuinely in which I make my own choices, in comparison to how I lived and felt back in “those” days. Speaking of choices, isn’t it ironic how sometimes we make a decision that on the surface might seem foolish and ends up being the best thing we ever did? Likewise there are those unfortunate decisions we make thinking they are good at the time and they end up being negative after all. Oh, the irony of life! I’ve certainly made my share of decisions and choices from both categories and at forty have plenty of stories to tell. Many of those tales will be shared right here at SAHM: Surviving Assorted Home Mayhem.
I enjoy reading other’s stories, too, even satirical ones such as those by the writer of Seriously so blessed. I think it’s even more amusing when you consider that because it’s a parody some of the things written that some people might naturally assume are a joke actually are not! Whoever the author of “Seriously, so blessed!” is, she had me at ‘second pair of earrings.’