Name: Rochelle Fritsch
Kids: Elementary school-aged daughter
Works: Fundraiser for IMPACT, a local nonprofit
Favorite thing about being a mom: Telling my daughter stories about Grandma Gee Gee and stuff that happened when I was a little girl, teaching my daughter important life lessons (manners) and watching her apply them
Least favorite thing about being a mom: Teaching my daughter important life lessons (bad choices lead to bad consequences) by being the "Enforcer"
Famous for: Being a karaoke queen and snorting when I laugh
The Wiggles were a big thing when GeeGee was a toddler, and we spent a small fortune on all things Wiggles. Her favorite was the Wiggles battery-operated microphone. Part of me thinks it was about the Toot-toot-Chugga-Chugga-Big-Red-Car, but a bigger part of me thinks she loved it because the microphone literally gave her a voice.
Ah, the first day of school. Watching your heart walk away from you into a totally different environment and into someone else’s care. Even though GeeGee’s a fifth-grader now, it still tugs at my heartstrings and makes tears flow. But I wonder: the tears, the throat lump, the angst of letting go. Is it from selflessness? Or does it come from selfFULLness?
“Yeah, I know. But why does it always have to be my kid?”
A little boy at the kiddie pool had taken my then three year old daughter by the hand and ran so fast they both fell down. I told the embarrassed mom that my kid was no worse for the wear; and that kids just do stuff despite parents’ admonishments to “Share. Be Gentle.” and “Play nicely.” We can set an example and reinforce ideas, but ultimately, we can’t control what our kids do.