Procter and Gamble made me cry again.
This is so right on.
I know it because even though my kids are eight years old I call them my babies. I know it because I have friends with teenagers. I know it because I can see how my mother-in-law looks at my husband.
When my kids push back when I call the Goon Squad babies, I tell them that even when they are grown ups they will still be my babies. I mean that.
Last week my mom told me that somebody showed her a picture of their grandchild who was a water baby. You know water babies, right? They are swimming classes for kids under a year old. Some people think it is sketchy, but as a water baby myself I think it seems like a good idea. I don’t ever remember being afraid of swimming – well, not including that one summer when I was 14 and I watched all three Jaws movies back to back to back at the beach. After that I was nervous to swim in the deep end of my parent’s pool.
Anyway, my mom said she saw a picture of this water baby and she said “Oh, that looks like Sarah.”
I will be 40 years old this December and my mom sees a picture of an infant underwater and immediately thinks it looks like me.
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In a related story, I just showed this video to my husband and his reaction was this: “Did that just make you cry? Twice?” and all I could do was was nod because I didn’t want him to know that it actually made me cry harder the second time.
The second time I watched it, I remembered that my son is going to swim backstroke in his first swim meet on Monday.
It is that little boy shaving! It wrecks me every time.
Stay tuned – I’ll have more from the P&G Family Home in London during the 2012 Olympic Games.
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Disclaimer: I am being compensated for my work with Procter & Gamble but these words and these stories are my own.