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Fairly Odd Mother

Frantically waving my magic wand to make wishes come true.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Twitter has got my back

I've tried to explain Twitter to people by painting a picture of me sitting in front of the television watching bad reality shows and having others "out there" keeping me company in the quiet of the night.

I've talked about how Twitter is great for breaking news. It's where I first learned of Michael Jackson, Patrick Swayze and Walter Cronkite's deaths. I've read of a far-away earthquake or the near-collision of local trains minutes after they've occurred.

I've seen mothers post frightened notes about their sick children, asking for the support and prayers of friends and strangers alike. I've been heartened when their kids bounce back, and I've cried when they haven't.

So, yes, I think Twitter is more than just some dumb place for people to tell everyone what they ate for lunch or to promote their website.

Tonight, I came home from my daughter's soccer practice feeling sad and unlikable. I had just spent an hour watching her team run back and forth across the field while my other two kids climbed on the playground behind me. But, what I tweeted was something that had affected me most:

I was blown away by the responses:

And there were more:

It's like a group of people just came over and gave me a collective hug when I needed it most. Thanks, guys. You all rock.

Next practice though? I'm bringing my ipod.

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Anonymous Boston Mamas said...

Yes. Totally. When people (like, my family, a million times over) ask me about Twitter I should just direct them to this post.

What bothers me about the nasty mom behavior is that it typically is the nasty moms' issues -- they're insecure about something and taking it out on others. It sucks for what it is...and also because undoubtedly they're passing that exclusionary coping mechanism right down to their kids.

You are the best. Never doubt it in the face of such absurdity. -Christine

7:32 PM  
Blogger Magpie said...

I think that's why my child doesn't play soccer.

My blog is kind of like twitter, too. They make me feel less alone.

8:04 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Oh my goodness...I started my entire blog because of mommies like them. LOL

Unfortunately, I dropped out of the MOMS Club (where they ruled) and we only attend Story Time, so I ran out of blogging fodder--HA HA.

Don't let 'em get ya down...I think you already know that, though, don't ya? :)

9:00 PM  
Anonymous Julie B said...

Yeah, I seem to run into that a lot in my oh so chic town. And I thought it was just me.

It sucks that women do that to each other.

Soccer practice.... highschool bs all over again.

(HUGS) You're cool. don't worry.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Wendy Hawksley said...

I STILL don't understand Twitter. I'm on it and clueless. "Twilliterate", if you will.

Unlikeable? You? :-P to those moms and their little dogs too!

10:43 PM  
Blogger Summer said...

Now this is why I'm a Twitter addict. :)

11:04 PM  
Blogger Marilyn (A Lot of Loves) said...

The exact same thing happened to me just this morning after I dropped my son off at preschool. The "In-crowd- moms" were all grouped together talking and they actually purposely avoided eye-contact with me when I approached them to say hello. I mean really nice. What is it with some women?

12:20 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

I'm often in the outside looking in situation at my kids' events. Apparently I'm far from alone...maybe we should all get together and form our own!

1:44 AM  
Blogger Issas Crazy World said...

I love Twitter for this reason alone. Great way of explaining it.

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't let 'em get to ya! You are a cool mom in our world (yes, crazy homeschoolers). Anytime you need some validation, just shout....Terrie

12:00 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

That stinks. I think people sometimes think because we homeschool that we're not normal people.

2:26 PM  
Anonymous mrs. q. said...

Grrrr. Mama bear mad.


I've been there, too, and it sounds from the tweets, so have many other spectacular moms. But that doesn't make it suck any less. Remember that there is a universe of people who know how awesome you are. (And it's one that doesn't include nasty alpha moms because they can't type on their iphones with their fake nails anyway.) Suck it, beyotches.

9:10 PM  
Blogger Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

I always wonder though, if there is a post on some blog somewhere about that mother who never wants to join in on the conversation... You know? I mean, I don't know what happened at practice, but I know that sometimes a group already knows each other and just naturally hangs out. If I don't go over and introduce myself and MAKE them talk to me, then they may assume that I have no interest.

Just trying to sport every side of a situation. I hope no one was outwardly mean to you. That's just childish and, well, MEAN.

2:22 PM  
Blogger Patois said...

I remember those days. I hated those women, and their little dogs, too. (Okay, their little kids. Yes, I held their mothers' suckiness against the "innocent" kids.)

I say a hearty and loud, "Amen!" to Twitter and letting us take our community with us wherever we go.

9:14 AM  
Blogger Trenches of Mommyhood said...

Sorry I missed it, but you know I was good for a supportive comment! I most definitely feel that way during my once-a-week preschool dropoff with Baby.

10:42 AM  

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