Monday, December 5, 2011

Just Call Me, Friday.

(Sarah R. Callender, author of “Sherpa”, posed the question “What do you carry?” If you’d like to play along, please visit her blog inside-out underpants to read her latest “confessions of a musing multi-tasker”.)

Sherpa • 1 a member of a Himalayan people living on the borders of Nepal and Tibet, renowned for their skill in mountaineering. 2 a member of that most awesome tribe of kid-wranglers, commonly referred to as Mothers. Hallelujah!

Apparently, Sherpas often answer to the name of the week they were born. And since I can relate, you can just call me, Friday. I like Fridays. I was born on a Friday. This Sherpa migrated from the hills of Kentucky, knobs really. She speaks fluent dog, cat, bunny, rat, horse, chicken and kid-speak, doesn’t own a llama, but is open to the possibilities; and is considered by most to be out of her mind – and likely a close descendent of The Little Old Lady Who Lived In a Shoe; whom she believes to be a Sherpa of the most sensible cautious variety. (Fearful of losing one of her errant charges, she stuck close to home.) 

Regretfully, this Sherpa must disclose, to the relief of her own conscience and Sherpa law, 1 her general distaste of yaks (arrogant cows), 2 freezing temperatures resulting in icicles forming at the end of her nose hairs; and 3, is opposed to any venture, with she as your guide, which would have her “humping” tanks of air to the top of the world. She doesn’t see the point. Childbirth was good enough for her. If given the opportunity, however, she would enjoy seeing the movie. (Bad Sherpa.)

This one, tasked with carrying the wee bits and pieces of her children’s flights of fancy since conception, the equally unrealistic and somewhat sadistic expectation of turning water to wine (or in this case, a non-existent savings plan into a college education for three children), and bearing the weight of the world on her shoulders, which can hardly keep up with her own sick-and-twisted desire to publish something resembling anything, sometimes feels like Sisyphus (as in, Albert Camus’ The Myth of Sisyphus), caught up in that same meaningless task of pushing a boulder up a mountain, only to watch helplessly, as the damn thing surrenders to Newton’s laws of gravity and motion tumbling back to the bottom, mocking her very existence. The gods truly must be crazy!

With what, you ask, do I prepare myself and my charges to tackle this world and all its uncertainty? Well, of those things large and small, valuable and insignificant, which were stuffed into my pockets by wee little fingers, or unceremoniously shoved by the Sherpa, deep into the recesses of whatever bag Sherpa slung over her shoulder, I must admit I needed and loved all of them.

The ballerina ripped rescued from her post.
The pennies – all heads up.
The pink and green and orange drink umbrellas rocket blasters.
The snowflakes that never made it home in fuzzy mittens.
The child’s “tickle feet 10¢” coupon, delivered on Sherpa’s birthday.
The locks of hair cut by child, hidden in pajamas by child.
The little gray seashell that looked just like The Big Comfy Couch.

And the multitude of hungry-wet-sleepy baby, precocious-walking-talking toddler, obnoxious-ants-in-their-pants-tween and the knows-everything-teenager STUFF that They, and We, depend on to organize our sanity!    

What do I carry? It’s simple really. I carry the struggle itself. Like Sisyphus and his rock, I am content with the load, because it is absurd and because they look into my very soul with those eyes, which mirror my own. 
“I must imagine (this Sherpa) is happy.”


  1. LOVE this. And I wish I had a "tickle feet 10 cents" coupon. Makes me happy just thinking about it. You are a VERY talented writer, Ms. Friday.

  2. This was so fun! You speak rat? I laughed along with you and enjoyed the content spill. Ahh, those rocket blasters and locks of hair...SO beautifully written!

    And thanks for your comment on My Blog!

  3. Sarah,*Happy,Happy Face*!

    Best to collect on the youngsters' drive and ambition to appease the parental units while they're still young! Once they hit puberty, we're lucky if money and/or begging works. Believe me, I've tried. (;

  4. Dear Winged Writer,

    What a great name! I'm so glad you liked the spill. I tend to write my stream of consciousness a bit, confusing everyone but me.

    Yes, I do speak rat. Also, hamster, gecko, turtle, and parakeet (not to be confused with parrot - they're much wiser than their little bird brained cousin).

    Drop in anytime!

  5. What an awesome post! You have such a great voice. (I'd love to hear it speak rat!) I don't think I'm a Sherpa. *sigh* I want to be. But I'm a little too...what's the word? Self-involved, perhaps. I was born on a Monday, maybe that explains it. But I can tell you I carry something everyday with me. It's a gratitude stone, inspired by a suggestion I found in The Secret. The stone isn't a stone, at all. In fact it's a piece of sea glass I found on a Mediterranean beach the weekend my husband and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. It's so smooth and curved, so my thumb glides along it's concave groove. Every time I reach into my pocket and touch it throughout the day, I think of something in that moment that I'm grateful for. It's such a mood booster, at times!

    I don't see my picture on your Friends Connect gadget, so I'm off to be sure I'm following you. I feel like I am...

    Have a wonderful day!

  6. Ahh, Nicole!

    ~You have such a great voice. (I'd love to hear it speak rat!)~

    Your suggestion reminds me of the "I, Freddy" children's series, by Dietlof Reiche. Funny stuff ~ in Hamster-speak. Kind of like, rat. Only not. ヅ

    My son begged me for a rat. He named her Daisy. I didn't particularly care for Daisy. She seemed a little too unpredictable in the 'I might bite you out of spite' department. But, when she was old and sick, it was *I* who nursed her until she passed. Baby food by syringe and tiny little baby bottles of formula love. I swear, there were moments when she lay cupped in my hand, that we looked each other in the eye and shared something extraordinary.

    Like I said, some people think I am out of my mind.

    I could feel your smooth sea glass between my fingers (actually found myself rubbing them together as I read your comment). We all carry the struggle, whether we carry our children and their *things* in the literal sense, or as you've shared, how you carry your gratitude with you.

    Welcome to the mountain top, Monday!

    PS:Your pic always shows up on the google connect gadget on my blog, showing you as a member, when I am there.

    I have noticed though, lately when I first go to my home page, the google connect doesn't show up until I Refresh the page. Makes me nervous.

  7. I like the positivity of the last few lines, about seeing into one's soul, and happiness. They're somehow connected, aren't they.

  8. Thanks, Joanne.

    Noticing ~ the beauty of the soul, really is what makes Life worthwhile. It has certainly been my saving grace.ヅ

    Now, finding the humor in the everyday drudgery ~ THAT is a miracle! And a good thing too for the continued survival of the human race.♥

    So glad you stopped in!

  9. Hi Scarlett! I echo Sarah. You are very talented! Interesting to learn new things.


  10. Thank you, Denise!

    I googled 'Sherpa' when Sarah wrote about it on her blog, inside-out underpants. I had a sense of what they do, but smiled big when I heard they name themselves after the day of the week they were born! Fun!

    We all can relate, parent or no, I think! Who *doesn't* carry something through life. ヅ