Channeling June Cleaver for the Modern Mom
Growing up watching re-runs of Leave it to Beaver set me up for disappointment and self doubt later in life.
June Cleaver is my hero. Clean house, happy kids, and home-cooked meals. Ward, Wally and âThe Beaveâ? were served a hot meal and a smile every morning for breakfast. She was even polite and patient with the ornery, suck-up-of-a-neighbor kid, Eddy Haskell.
Itâs hard to not feel like a failure of a modern mom compared to June. I realize that June Cleaver was a fictitious character, but she set a standard for me all the same. I grew up admiring her, but once I became a wife and mother myself, I realized how hard it was to emulate her.
Through careful analysis and contemplation I realized that June didnât have any abilities or characteristics that I didnât have. But, there was one very important detail I was missing. The one thing she was rarely seen without. The secret weapon that made her the mother of all TV mothers: an apron! She had one and I didnât.
The missing ingredient seemed too simple to be true. Could it be that Juneâs super abilities as a happy homemaker came from wearing a perfectly tied apron? Why not? After all, what would Superman be without his cape? What would Cat Woman be without her whip?
I wouldnât have believed it unless I experienced it myself. The purchase of a black and white, floral print apron changed my life. Trading my âmom uniformâ? of a bleach-stained t-shirt and yoga pants for a ruffled apron changed my attitude toward my home and my household responsibilities. I went from slacker mom to happy homemaker in the tie of a sash!
Amazingly, I couldnât believe how easy it was to access my inner June once I donned an apron. I started to feel all âhomemaker-yâ? and feminine. The once insurmountable pile of laundry seemed less daunting. Spending more than fifteen minutes to prepare a family meal became less of chore and more of a joyâ¦sprinkled with love. I even put on a pair of heels and pearls and vacuumed the floor! I donât want to say that my apron contains super powers for the modern mom, but MY NEW APRON CONTAINS SUPER POWERS FOR THE MODERN MOM!
Just donât take my word for it. Take the June Cleaver apron challenge for yourself! Ditch the gray sweatpants and tie on an apron. Maybe youâll be able leap the tallest mountain of laundry single bound.
X-ray vision not included.