Oy Vey, I’m Rosanne

June and Ward Cleaver (Barbara Billingsley and...

June and Ward Cleaver (Barbara Billingsley and Hugh Beaumont). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I was in college (long ago), I took a magazine quiz to determine what kind of mother I would be. The possible results were:

  • June Cleaver, the quintessential 50s housewife on Leave it to Beaver
  • Claire Huxtable, the quintessential 80s mom with it all (career, family, lovely brownstone in NYC) on The Cosby Show
  • Rosanne Connor, the quintessential 90s working-class mom struggling to keep it together on Rosanne

Can anyone guess whom the quiz said I would be the most like? Yup, I was destined to become Rosanne.

Unlike Rosanne, I have been lucky enough to be able to live my dream of being a stay-at-home mom. However, I might have preferred working the line in a plastics factory if I could have had a boss as cute as Booker (played by George Clooney).

Like Rosanne, I am not the best housewife, I yell at my kids more often than I should, and I am just happy to make it through most days alive.

Being a mom does not come naturally to me. I envy those women who manage to get their kids up, dressed in wrinkle-free clothes and to every play date and appointment on time… especially when they do it all with perfectly coiffed hair, flawless makeup and in high heels.

I am lucky if my kids and I make it out of pajamas some days, and my hair is usually in a ponytail.

When I do make it out of pajamas, it is into workout pants and a t-shirt. When my kids make it out of pajamas, it is into jeans/knit pants and a t-shirt.

When the boys get food on their shirt at breakfast, I often don’t bother changing them – they will just get something on that shirt soon after, and who needs more dirty laundry?

I welcome every single hand-me-down I get. When we were expecting our second child, I told folks that I hoped it would be a boy… not because I prefered a son to a daughter, but because we still had all of my oldest son’s clothes that I knew would have to be reused. A daughter might have ended up wearing shirts sporting phrases like, “100% Boy.”

My sister-in-law, Elaine, was right when she predicted that my kids watch way more TV than I ever thought they would. They also play too many games on the iPad… and know how to use it better than I do!

In my defense, my kids are generally polite and show respect for people, animals and even property. They say please and thank you without a ton of prompting. They listen well to teachers and other adults (but not always to my husband and me). They understand limits – they often push those limits, but they also accept the consequences. They really are good kids, and I am proud to be their mom.

I may not be the best mom/housewife in the world, but I manage to get by. I guess the true test will come when the boys become teenagers… OY GEVALT!

What TV mom are you most like?

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  1. Aunt Vicki says

    That is funny. When I saw the tweet with the post title I started thinking “What TV Aunt am I?” and I came up with Aunt Jackie before I even knew you were Rosanne. Hilarious.

    • says

      Well, this will just give you something to think about during those lazy, casual, nothing-going-on moments that occur so often in motherhood. HA!

  2. says

    I try to be Claire Huxtable (I idolized her as a child) but I seem to have it “together” like she did approximately 1% of the time! Ha!

    And yeah, my kids watch more tv than I would have ever thought, too. It isn’t a ton, but I thought they would only watch it a few times each week, and even then only for 20 minutes. Ha!!!!
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    • says

      When I was in college, I thought I would be Claire Huxtable. Fast forward 20 years, and well, you just get me. But, I guess that’s not so bad.

    • says

      THANK YOU for saying that! I am glad I am not the only one. I would have loved a son or a daughter, but I sure would have hated having to donate all of those perfectly good clothes and buy new ones. 🙂

    • says

      At the time, I so desperately wanted to be Claire Huxtable… but, now, I’m ok with being Rosanne. Maybe there is a more modern TV mom I could have associated with… but I took the survey 20 (or so) years ago, so I guess I am stuck with Rosanne. 😀

  3. says

    LOL! Great post. I loved Roseanne! I’m not even a mom, but I see some of myself in Clair Dunphy on Modern Family. There was an episode where she hosts a birthday party for her son and is all excited to have a craft table like the one at her childhood party…all the kids think it’s silly and she’s just sitting there by herself making crafts saying, “I don’t get why no one is making macrame?” That is exactly like something I would do…LOL!
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    • says

      I am a bit if a hybrid, too. But, if I’m being honest, I end up being Rosanne more often than I would like. Keep on striving to be Mrs. Cleaver.

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