1. I don't want to be a cynic.
2. Or conventional.
3. Or a cliche.
4. Or one of those women whose hair doesn't move.
5. I don't want to be the mom you're kind of afraid of.
6. With the ultra clean house.
7. And no good junk food.
8. I don't want to be the parent who treats her kids like servants.
9. And uses bad words.
11. I want to be fun, and accessible, and eager to learn.
12. I want my kids to laugh, and love themselves, and
13. Just BE.
14. I want my husband to be happy.
15. And when I'm old--like really, really old?
16. I want to look back and know that--
17. I was good to my family.
18. And my dog.
19. And even if I'm not perfect--
20. I want them to know they were.