Over to you, Jazzy...
I see that a new show 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' is launching on Netflix on March 6th.
After living in a cult for fifteen years, Kimmy (Ellie Kemper - The Office/Bridesmaids) decides to reclaim her life and start over in New York City. Armed with just a backpack, light-up sneakers, and a couple of way-past-due library books, she’s ready to take on a world she didn't even think existed anymore.
The people over at Netflix think that we mums are quite unbreakable too, and I'm inclined to agree with them.
I may not wear the fabulous bright colours that Kimmy wears, nor the light-up sneakers - and my library books are usually in date - but I have had some unbreakable moments in my time!
See, as a mother-of-a-certain-age, the universe has had quite some time to attempt to trip me up and break me down. I do my best to defy it though, on a continual basis it seems!
There was a time pre-marriage and pre-child when I worked at a job I liked and spent my free-time indulging in my favourite hobbies of all: dancing on stage and enjoying interesting holidays abroad.
In time the universe decided it was time for me to stop all that malarkey and to settle down, and so bestowed upon me my wonderful child, and husband too of course, for which I will be eternally grateful. There were some issues though, followed swiftly by some ageing-parent dilemmas. All happening simultaneously of course, much more fun that way it seems! You may have changed the course of my life dear universe, forcing a hastily obtained and ultimately long-term career break, but look at us now?! I'm still smiling, albeit with the addition of a few grey hairs - that are suitably obliterated by delightful highlights of course - and with my wonderful now-teenage-child following his own trail in life! Take that, universe...
Juggling home and school life and keeping the wheels of the Jazzy household mostly well-oiled and turning smoothly, is a very worthwhile achievement. However, I refused to let the universe steal my love of stage away from me and in time I found a way to put my dancing skills to good use, and to be involved in my son's school and in the community. Oh, the universe didn't like that one little bit! You tried to scupper me within weeks of opening night on a couple of occasions, didn't you, dear universe?
Remember the snow of 2010? There I was, determined me, minding my own beeswax walking to rehearsals one icy night when you deliberately upended me, landing me hard on the ice-capped snow ..... flat on my ass! Oh yes you did, don't try denying it now! Thanks to your antics I had a fractured coccyx, thank you very much, with two weeks to go and a finale to set... involving 135 children! I did it though, with the help of my lovely assistant. And I managed to sit front of stage, on a very comfortable cushion, throughout the run thereby able to instruct the younger children, using my unique Jazzy-hand-signals!
See, the show must go on universe, you forgot about all about that didn't you?!
You weren't very happy with me at all after that, were you? So you tried to scupper me again two years later with a bad chest infection - again with two weeks to go to opening night and a finale to set! This time I discovered that it is possible to block and teach a dance routine to a large group of teenagers while sitting down and not talking!! Jazzy-hand-signals and lovely Dance Captains to the rescue yet again!
And during all this time the home wheels kept turning and this unbreakable mum had fun family time with her maturing child, and they enjoyed interesting family holidays all of their own. All mixed in with school-runs and being taxi-mum to get him to all to all his various 'engagements'!
Then finally last year it looked like the universe had won. It struck when I wasn't looking you see. It was a healthy pursuit for heaven's sake, a Pilates class! Turns out it wasn't that healthy after all. Oh, you did your best work with this one, didn't you universe?
I was down.
I was out.
Out of commission for four months with a back injury forcing a hospital stay and home confinement; followed by a three month recovery programme.
Oh yes dear universe, I'm still here ....... and I am on the way back! I am getting my dance shoes out of storage and getting ready for my full recovery, so there!
We mums really are resilient and unbreakable, most of the time, aren't we? We are determined, we find a solution and we fight back.
And for those times when we're not quite up to it there's wine, chocolate, hot steamy baths .... and good shows on Netflix to help us regain our 'unbreakability'!
So come on Kimmy, show us what you got, you unbreakable you .......
Thank Jazzy, and if you enjoyed reading that, why not check out her blog here.
Disclosure: I have received free Netflix streaming, and a streaming device as part of my membership of the Netflix Stream Team.