There can be no denying that the current Yummy Mummy phenomenon has had many positive effects, the most notable of which is probably far more fashionable maternity clothes, but it's also had some grave negative consequences, the first and foremost being a serious bout of wheel reinvention. This summer, for example, we heard, first from England's Daily Mail, and, later, in a copycat article in Canada's Globe and Mail, that "motherhood is boring." Well duh, as Gail Lethbridge of Halifax, succinctly put it in a letter to the editor:
Motherhood boring? Excuse me, does Rebecca Eckler and her bevy of bored mummies actually think they are inventing the idea of boredom in motherhood? I hate to spoil the party, ladies, but this is not news.
Remember Betty Friedan and Sylvia Plath? They were saying the same thing in the early sixties, but unlike the smart, middle-class, uninvolved mothers (SMUMs) quoted in the article, they were saying it with poetry and panache.
Too true, Gail, and what's more the boredom thing is not the only rediscovery. For some bizarre reason today's Moms seem to think they are the first generation of hipster mothers and just can't get over the fact that they're Mommies and cool too (or at least think they're cool), as if that's never ever been done before. Well, Tearfree is here to tell you that just as mothers have been bored out of their minds with certain aspects of motherhood for centuries, so too have there always been hip cool moms.
Once again ladies, this is not news. Hip mothers have been around forever and the hippest of them all understand their place in the grand scheme of things. So as a reminder that billions have gone before us including millions of awesome rockstar mothers, Tearfree is giving you three shining examples of hip cool moms from yesteryear and encouraging everyone to nominate their own candidates. Here at RTK, we are committed to never ever reinventing the wheel.
HIp Mom, number 1, Susanna Moodie (photo on top)
Stuck in the bush with five, count 'em, five kids before flush toilets, AfterBite, and wireless communications, and with an oft absent husband, Susanna Moodie not only kept the homefires burning, she also managed to write several books. Sure, she could have used some of that marvellous lip plumper that anonymASS informed us was invented in Ottawa, but Susanna's still a total rockstar, so much so that Margaret Atwood wrote a bunch of poetry about her and even Tearfree, who absolutely hates camping and sees nothing morally elevating in it, thinks Mrs. Moodie was amazing.Hip Mom, number 2, Jacqueline Kennedy
Tearfree doesn't care about JFK's fooling around or Jackie's subsequent marriage to Ari, she was still the 20th century's yummiest famous Mummy.
Hip Mom, number 3, Margaret Thatcher
She became Prime Minister of England and that's good enough for Tearfree. Everything else pales in comparison to that achievement.
Comments are open for more hippest moms ever nominations.
Update: Read more on "The Escalation of Cool" when it comes to all things motherhood.