I might sound a bit full of myself here but I think I am a cool person (that makes me sound super un-cool doesn’t it?)
As per everything in life there are levels. With coolness this is no different.
For the visual people out there, I like to envision a bar graph, ‘The Bar Graph of Coolness’. Now on this graph at the maximum of ten are the few ‘uber cool’ individuals, the select few that achieve this level of ‘cool greatness’. Sitting at around the eight mark are the ‘super cool’, then at around seven is the ‘pretty cool’ group, anything from five to six fit into the ‘sort of cool’ category, then anything four and under, well let’s just say that they need improvement in the coolness area.
Upon self-reflection, I’d say that I am about a seven on ‘The Bar Graph of Coolness’, I’m ‘pretty cool’.
I dress alright – I know what matches and what doesn’t, I am up with general trends (again I am sounding super un-cool here), I am relatively kind and nice to others, I like to think I’m thoughtful and loyal, somewhat funny and smart, and I adhere to most social norms and expectations.
Being a ‘pretty cool’ person I thought would transfer over into the ‘pretty cool’ mum group too, but apparently it doesn’t work like that. Well at least not after a certain stage.
In fact, according to my daughter (who I would like to add, is in Prep), I am “embarrassing.” That’s right, “embarrassing”. And when I think about being ‘pretty cool’, embarrassing is not a word I would consider descriptive of someone’s position within this category.
At the beginning of the year I would walk my daughter, Addi, into school. “Come to my classroom mum,” she’d ask and for about six months, every day I took her to school I obliged. We would walk in together, sometimes holding hands and she would walk with a proud strut like she was so ecstatic that I was her mum and everyone could see. When we went into her classroom sometimes she would tell her other classmates, “this is my mum,” normally they couldn’t care less but it made her smile. Then one day it all changed.