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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Exotic (08/08/13)

TITLE: I'm Like Superman
By Rachel Malcolm


Every mom that I know with a big family, has a mandatory quiet time. Itís how we stay sane. Quiet time in my house is that delicious time of day when everyone goes to their separate spaces and doesÖsomethingÖsilent.

Sweet silence: itís better than chocolate. In that span of my life before I had children, I never could have dreamed of the noise that six kids can make. And noise is one thing, but itís the fighting that makes me feel like Iím unraveling at the edges.

My nine year old son is stomping in the living room, showing me that he feels that Iíve been unjust in taking away his computer time for hitting his sister. He doesnít know it, but heís one stomp away from losing his dessert too.

Iíve been writing a blog for a couple of years and the whole premise of it, is to encourage stay at home moms to enjoy the time while their children are with them. You know, make the most of it. Itís days like these, though, that make me wonder why I think Iím qualified to write this stuff.

Back in grade school, my nickname was Tiger Lady. I think that I got it because of my unorthodox soccer playing. Racing like a mad woman down the field, I was known to knock people over in my exuberance to get the ball. That may not sound very surprising, but I was always one of the smallest in the class and I played barefootÖbetter traction.

Thatís how Iíve tackled everything in life: a little fire-ball, wreaking havoc. Some women have temperaments that make them well suited to full-time mothering. Theyíre demure, well organized, and consistent. IímÖnot.

It was always the exotic calling me. I imagined myself slaying dragons, or being the cool head in a disaster and saving everyoneís lives. (I totally have a hero complex.) So how did I end up a full-time homeschooling mom of six kids? Isnít that just the ultimate in mundane?

Some days it really feels that way, but maybe Iím like Superman. My life looks boring. I look boring. But Iím on a mission, changing the world as I work under the surface, behind the scenes. The stakes are high, eternal, in fact. Itís the vision that I bring to my calling that makes it a labour of passion instead of drudgery. Iím exotic on the inside. :)

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Mike Newman08/16/13
I love the closing line, wonderful end to a great entry.

Well done.
lynn gipson 08/16/13
Thank you for this wonderful story. And yes, you are like Superman! As the mom of one (grown now) I can't imagine having six. You certainly are on a mission. I really enjoyed this well written slice of your life. Thanks again for sharing
Noel Mitaxa 08/16/13
I love the fun undertones here, like the nine-year-old being unaware that a disappearing dessert is a distinct possibility, and your last line is a zinger. Well done.
Judith Gayle Smith08/19/13
How do you do it? Superman/Supermom both! You are indeed heroic, fighting the battles and slaying the dragons - you have far surpassed the sanity marker for this earthly plain . . .
C D Swanson 08/20/13
So good! I loved it. I can see this in a "woman's day magazine"

Wonderful! God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/22/13
I love this story. Your honesty is refreshing. It's not easy to be transparent to a world of strangers. You had a great beginning, a wonderful message and some delightful humor sprinkled throughout. It may have been a tad weak on topic. Though I don't know I suspect the topic criterion may have been your weakest among the 8 criteria the judges used because you had a nice beginning that drew me in. The ending is often one of the more difficult ones because of the word limit, but your ending left me not only satisfied, but also thinking about what a hero is. Moms definitely are on the top of that list. I bet all of your 6 kids (unless you have a teen or sometimes even a tween);) all think of you as the biggest hero in their lives! You have inspired me several times with your words so you're a hero in my book too!