I know what I am missing. That lovely combination of news and heart warming stories and weather and celebrities that is the Today Show. I hop on twitter to say good morning while I pop the bagels in the toaster and every day it is the same. I see Stephanie @MinkyMoo, Marinka @MarinkaNYC and Wendi @WendiAarons tweeting away about the joys and horrors and clothes and all of the awesomesauce of watching the Today Show and I cry a little inside. Why can’t that be me? Why can’t I watch big girl T.V. and talk with big girls about such big girl things. Woe is me, because on the outside I am still singing along and dancing on command. Yes, I dance on children’s commands. Don’t you? (My kids should file this away under their mom totally kicks ass, by the way.)
Last week my friend Jill was on to talk about her new book and the whole family looked at me like I had three heads when I politely asked to change the channel to see her segment. It’s like watching real people on T.V. would kill them. Oh, the drama of pre-schoolers. I even told Sophia she would love Jill’s hair as she is currently obsessed with how her hair is not long or curly. No dice. My kids didn’t give a crap about any mom blogger on the tube. My husband and in-laws even seemed confused. I took my breakfast to the living room couch and watched by myself. Those few moments were bliss. Other than praying that the show didn’t throw us tell it like it is moms under the bus after I heard Ann Curry’s intro, I relished every moment of my big girl time. All 10 minutes of it.
I know I am not alone. After I tweet good morning I usually commiserate with those other poor souls forced to watch Nick Jr. or Sprout or Disney. None of us know what the hell is going on with the Today Show but it all sounds just fabulous. We can’t even click over on a commercial because there are no commercials on little people channels and when one comes on Disney it is like I am turning off their life.
Watching toy commercials is like crack for kids. They yell things out like “It can be microwaved!” and “Mom, we can get two for the introductory price of $9.99” and “Oh my goodness Mom her hair can be colored with washable markers!” and the best, my very favorite, “Mom! The brand new Dora movie is on at 10/9 central!”. They don’t even get what central time is. And they have no interest in me explaining it.
I know it may seem extreme, but there are just so many of us out there suffering. If only a few changes could be made I might be able to slip one past the grown up haters and sneak in a few minutes of Today.
Now, I know those of you with all kids in school will think this sucks. Just think of the millions of fellow mothers who want something so small. I think adding a little commentary by Jake (I mean, he’s cute, right?) or the ever sassy Dora or the cuddly Elmo could even be fun for us all. I mean, Elmo knows TONS of celebs anyway so he’s totally cool with some interviews and real hard hitting questions about parenting and education. This could totally work.
Honestly, I don’t mind shaking it to some Backyardigans 99% of the time. I just really miss this little slice of me time in the morning.
So tell me, what do you watch in the morning and hey – if you have littles and get to watch real television please tell me how you accomplish this impossible feat!