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Kramer finds humor in everyday motherhood

“At the tail end of each of my three pregnancies, many thoughts paraded through my head. If I recall correctly, the three most common ones (besides from wondering where I last had placed my car keys) toggled back and forth between ‘I’m ready to be finished with this’ and ‘I’m not ready for what comes next’ and ‘Bring it on.’”

Kramer finds humor in everyday motherhood

By Cynthia Mazzant

Then I Became a Mother - ebook by Robin Kramer

“At the tail end of each of my three pregnancies, many thoughts paraded through my head. If I recall correctly, the three most common ones (besides from wondering where I last had placed my car keys) toggled back and forth between ‘I’m ready to be finished with this’ and ‘I’m not ready for what comes next’ and ‘Bring it on.’”

On October 19, on the eve of the book’s release, Robin Kramer revisited her final thoughts on giving birth as she prepared to see her first book published.

Kramer is known throughout the area for the many roles she tackles: mother, writer, teacher, friend, confidante, humorist, and the list goes on. Kramer is a lecturer at Penn State University, where she teaches public speaking and composition courses. She plays a mean game of Scattergories, wrestles with her children on the floor nearly as often as she sweeps it, and takes immense pleasure in a well-organized closet.

Kramer appreciates order, structure, and time for reflection, which, admittedly, are three desires in diametric opposition with the reality of motherhood. Her words, not mine.

I’ve been following Robin’s blog, Pink Dryer Lint (http://www.pinkdryerlint.com/) since last spring when she graciously allowed her work to be incorporated into a theatre performance piece, “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows,” produced by Tempest Productions at The University Club in March 2012. The monologues based on Kramer’s writing resonated as they spoke of mothers and daughters and the process of growing up and letting go. And, many of us will cling to Kramer’s mantra that “partially dirty is the new clean” regardless of whether children are in the house or not.

“I’m a woman who remembers to show up at my daughter’s soccer practice, but forgets the water bottle, the portable lounge chair, and …

I’m a mother who loses her patience as I’m getting my girls ready…

I forget to pre-treat laundry…

I didn’t serve any vegetables at dinner this evening…

Tonight, none of my children got their baths…

In short, I’m a typical mom. And that’s why I wrote Then I Became a Mother. Because we need reminders that we’re not alone in this gloriously imperfect mess of motherhood.”

And that’s the fun of reading Robin’s blog and her new book–-they remind us that we are not alone and allow us to laugh and cry at some of life’s biggest challenges as well as at that small stuff that we’re not supposed to sweat.

Kramer’s official bio offers “Whether writing or speaking, Robin Kramer’s greatest desire is to encourage moms to find humor, contentment, and faith in the most ordinary moments of motherhood and life.”

Humor, contentment, and faith—a triad we can all use.

Robin, her husband, and their three young daughters live in Pennsylvania. She blogs regularly at Pink Dryer Lint and speaks at mom’s groups and women’s conferences.

Her book Then I Became a Mother was released on October 20, 2012 and can be downloaded as an ebook at Amazon (Kindle edition) or Barnes and Noble (Nook edition), published by Byrne Publishing LLC (2012.)

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