We were all up way too late and getting silly. One of the kids suggested we try and figure out each others slogans. You know, the catch-phrase that seems to pop out of our mouths most often. The words we are known for. Our mottos.
The kids could figure my slogans out easily. But they were torn, there were so many they could use.
"Life's not fair. Get used to it!"
"Now was that a nice thing to do?"
"Stop your whining."
"Don't tell Mommy 'no.'"
"I just need to rest my eyes for a few minutes." (Code for I NEED A NAP.)
Tom has a lot of slogans, some of which are Minnesotan:
"I don't mean to shoot your wheels off, but..."
"It could be worse."
"That's not a jungle gym" (Code for stop jumping on the couch, destroying property, etc.)
"WHO KEEPS CALLING??" (phone aversion)
"Get your elbows off the table."
G.T.'s could easily be "I hate homework!" or "Do I have to go to bed?"
Elle's was "I don't feel good."
Em had the classic "No one ever told me!"
It got me to thinking about slogans. I wish mine was as perfect as Nike's "Just Do it."
Or the Dirt Devil's "Life is messy. Clean it up."
Or Martha Stewart's "It's a good thing."
Or the BEST ONE OF ALL TIME, our septic service provider's "We're Number One in the Number Two Business!"
I'm pretty sure the kids settled on "I need to rest my eyes" as my classic slogan and that's just sad. I hate to think that I'll be remembered for needing to escape behind closed eyelids, even if it was just for a "few minutes" at a time. (Ha. Try 30)
I was kind of wishing for something more proactive and cool. And then I realized that I am neither proactive OR cool, so maybe they are right. Naps have been an important part of my life and I make no apologies. I just like to refer to them as "eye-resting," because that's what my Dad calls them and they seem slightly less desperate with that moniker.
Meanwhile, I am mulling over a NEW slogan. Something catchy and clever that can dethrone the eye-resting and impress my kids. Something really memorable and smart that they will tell their own kids about. Something that truly expresses the essence of ME. Something. Something.
Yawn. I think I'll just lay down and think about that for a few minutes.