If there was ever a quiz night with the theme ‘ABC Kids’ I would dominate. No other team members required! I know every show, every character, but that’s what happens when your TV is set to Channel 22/134 for 12 hours a day. I would hardly know what other shows are on if it weren’t for social media. On the rare occasion the TV’s not stuck on ABC Kids I’m watching a DVD of a show that’s on ABC Kids!! I did a stocktake recently and we own 176 children’s DVD’s….just call me Blockbuster!
A show that’s always in high rotation is Peppa Pig. In my eyes it’s THE show of my children’s generation. Agro’s Cartoon Connection (the stalwart of my era) wasn’t even in the same league as the Peppa juggernaut. ABC Kids used to play 3 episodes back to back thereby allowing parents roughly 15 minutes of peace to unload the dishwasher or put on a load of washing. Some evil soul has since changed the programming line-up and therefore owning a few Peppa DVD’s is a small price to pay for a little slice of sanity. We have 7 Peppa DVD’s in rotation so sometimes we watch Peppa for hours on end.
Honestly, it’s a very good show – beautifully constructed and pitched at children of multiple ages. I applaud the creators for thinking of all the poor parents being forced to watch hour after hour of Peppa with the light smattering of adult humour that is dotted throughout the episodes. It’s certainly helped me to de-escalate many of Giuliana’s fears – going to the dentist, buying new shoes, going on holiday etc. I only wish pigs had haircuts!!
I have a total mum-crush on the Miss Rabbit character. For those not indoctrinated with ‘all things Peppa’ Miss Rabbit works at the supermarket, drives the train, runs all the ice cream stalls and cafes, flies the rescue helicopter, works in the china shop and many more. There is nothing this bunny can’t do!! It’s just a kids show, but the versatility of Miss Rabbit has had me thinking over the last few weeks when my own day to day can best be described as ‘manic’. My usual vernacular of ‘crazy-busy’ would be a welcome reprieve. I’m not even trying to have it all; perfect wife/mother, domestic goddess, cracking business woman and all round good egg. I’d settle for mildly competent at all these things. However, I do want to be resourceful enough to reach my capacity within my limits….life is too short.
That being said, friends do often feed me the line ‘Brooke, I don’t know how you do it!’. Yep, I AM super organised (and have labels on each shelf in my linen closet to determine where the various towels live), but I think this statement relates to the fact that I’m a FIFO wife and I have to do so much by myself. I am always getting shit done, but how good I do it is debateable. It’s the old ‘quantity vs quality’ debate.
One of my 2016 productivity boosters is that I listen to podcasts in the car instead of the radio. One of my favourite podcasters referred to a speech made by Shonda Rhimes in 2014 at the commencement address (equivalent of our graduation) of her alma mater (Dartmouth). To be honest, I don’t know this bird from a bar of soap. Apparently, she’s referred to as ‘The Queen of Thursday Nights’, but I have never watched a minute of Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice or How to Get Away with Murder. Anyhoo, her commencement speech was awesome – inspiring, honest and relatable. She addresses the point of whether a woman can have it all and the short answer is…no, you can’t. I’m paraphrasing, but basically she said that if you are killing it in one area of your life you’re coming up short in another. Now, Shonda Rhimes is an intelligent, successful and mega wealthy woman but would still be liable to miss her daughter’s first swimming lesson due to the demands of her professional success. She openly recognises there are natural trade-offs when it comes to balancing work, family and your sense of self. Ultimately, we can’t have it all….and that’s ok. I’ve provided the link to the commencement speech at the end of this post. It goes for 25 minutes, but it’s well worth your time. If you only have 5 minutes, tune in at the 16-minute mark to hear her talk first hand about busting the myth of trying to have it all.
So, back to me and Miss Rabbit. Yep, I still want to be like her and be able to do it all, but I know I can’t so I’m not going to beat myself up over it. There will be days when I feel like Eriq La Salle in the opening credits of ER and days when I send Giuliana off to childcare having not brushed her teeth. I approach each day aiming to do the best I can and I’m happy with that.
BTW, if anyone hears of an ABC Kids quiz night in Adelaide be sure to let me know 😉
Here’s the link sports fans. I hope you get a chance to listen.
p.s. If you do get a chance to watch the commencement speech, head over to the L&A FB page and let me know what you think. I have since learnt that her Dartmouth speech was the first ember that led her to write her book ‘Year of Yes’. I can’t wait to read it.
P.p.s. How awesome was ER back in the day! It was never the same after they killed off Dr Greene 🙁