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Fifty Shades of Motherhood - June 4, 2012

I’d heard all of the hype about the book, Fifty Shades of Grey, and I was determined not to succumb to the peer pressure.  I mean, it couldn’t be that good…could it? I knew through the grapevine that it was, shall we say…intense…and honestly, I feel so tired most of the time, I just didn’t know if I even had it in me.

Back in the day (my twenties were good but my thirties were great!) I had tons of enthusiasm for romance and other assorted activities. As a mom, my energy seems to be completely spent on packing lunches, making sure homework is done, driving (actually, speeding) to soccer practices, working, cooking, carpooling, exercising, planning birthday parties….okay, I’m too exhausted to even continue! Nonetheless, finding time for a guilty pleasure wasn’t super high on the list.


The other day, however, I was at Target buying double the amount of items that I had intended (what’s new?!) and as I pushed the cart past the book section, Fifty Shades of Grey caught my eye with a big red sticker that said 20% off. Of course, I couldn’t pass it up.  

When I got home, my husband Mark said, “Weren’t you embarrassed to buy that when you checked out?”

Even he had heard all of the rumors.

“No,” I said. “Why would I be embarrassed when I am probably the last person on the planet to actually read it?”

As I’ve settled in to read each night, it’s gone from racy to racier! I’m only about half way through (I’ve heard that I don’t even know what I’m in for!) but I think that ultimately it is a reprieve from our daily “mommy” lives that sometimes seem to be all consuming.

Finding 30 minutes each night (okay I’m lying...I can’t seem to put it down and am getting a little sleep deprived) to escape into a world that is very different from the one we are currently living is actually quite therapeutic.

So I say hooray for our guilty pleasures...and bring on book number two!

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