Friday, August 26, 2011

How Do You Feel When Major Life Events Happen?

Do you guys read A Cup Of Jo? I'm sure the majority of you do, since Joanna Goddard is easily the world's most popular blogger. I love reading her posts because she always makes me feel like I'm her best friend. Earlier this week I came across a post by her husband Alex Williams, a reporter for the New York Times. Last year the couple had a baby and Alex wrote about the experience. He compared it to a sporting event—everyone cheering his wife on—and he said cutting the umbilical cord felt like cutting calamari! (I don't think I'll be able to eat another one without thinking of that analogy!)

His story was so sweet and I found myself tearing up a little, even though I was on the Metro North train! My favorite part was when he talked about the beginning. He wrote, "The big events in life never feel like you expect them to. When the moment is majestic, you expect that the heavens will open up, and the trumpets will start playing, but really your wife is lying on the bed with a roll of toilet paper and you're trying to figure out if you should keep making that cup of hot chocolate that you were making. No matter how magical the situation, you're still thrust back into these mundane life details: how to catch a cab in NYC in the middle of the night, I’ll carry the bag, should we take some snacks. It's funny how you normalize it."

Read the rest of his post here.

It's probably because I haven't had a baby yet, but this was the part I related to the most. I remember being surprised at how normal the morning of my wedding was. I was hanging out with my favorite girl friends looking at pictures from the Royal Wedding. I spent the whole ride to the church talking about the book I was reading and I didn't even realize it! (However, because I personally requested them, the trumpets did play later that afternoon!) I imagine Keith may feel a bit of normalcy when it's our turn to have a baby. Me, I think I'll be pretty freakin' scared!

What about you? Have you ever felt surprisingly normal when a major life event rolls around?
Wedding day! On my cell phone as if it's any other day.


  1. My sister had to wake me up the morning of my wedding! I was all relaxed and dreamy and she had been up since 5 AM. The day was amazing, but there were many times: eating lunch, waiting for everyone else to get ready, getting my hair done, when I felt that it was just another family "event" and not my wedding.

  2. Agreed. I felt like my wedding day was just another fun, beautiful day with my family & friends until I walked down the aisle & saw my Groom. Then everything changed!!!!