A ninja (忍者) or shinobi (忍び) was a covert agent or mercenary in feudal Japan who specialized in unorthodox warfare. The functions of the ninja included espionage,sabotage, infiltration, and assassination, and open combat in certain situations.
I don’t know about you, but not a day goes by when I don’t do most of those (assassination is rare, but I’ve been known to dispose of dead fish without a second glance). There are mornings where simply getting Boo into her clothes counts is similar to open combat (and calf roping, but that’s off topic).
About a month ago, I posted about the wonderful friends I have. They’re my Posse of Ninja Moms.
I realized these ladies were actually Ninjas when I was pregnant with Boo. There was NOTHING I couldn’t ask them. They made me realize that no matter how invincible and independent and capable we are, we are never above asking for and receiving help and knowledge.
So what makes someone a Ninja Mom?
Ninja Moms rally around you when scary pregnancy things happen. They laugh when funny pregnancy things happen, and they share their own experiences and they make a point to help you feel like you’ll be OK as a mom. The first week you’re home with a new baby, they bring meals and they stick around for a couple of hours so you can take a shower and a nap. They pass along clothes and all sorts of good stuff that their own kids have outgrown. They make HUGE fusses over the successes and gave realistic suggestions for the struggles. They help so much in ways you never could have anticipated.
As your children get older, the Ninja Moms are the ones who tell you which emergency rooms have the best pediatric protocols because such information is valuable and luck favors the prepared. They tell you which soccer league is a good one and which one to avoid. They give you strategies for navigating theme parks.
Ninja Moms do not judge other moms on their parenting style or decision (as long as lives are not threatened). They may not necessarily agree with this or that, but the core belief of the Ninja Mom is that we pick our battles, we ask for help when we need to, and we do not force our battle strategies onto other Ninja.
This lady? Totally a Ninja Mom. She gets it. I’m definitely going to buy her book.
While the original meaning of “Posse” refers to a group of citizens assembled by the authorities to deal with an emergency (such as suppressing a riot or pursuing felons), the term posse is also used for any force or band … often also figuratively or humorously.
When Ninja Moms gather, it’s a Posse, because chances are there’s an emergency going on (am I right or am I right?). That emergency may involve a ladies spa weekend two states away, but that counts (IT DOES.).
The moment when you look around at your life, and you think “Yeah, I got this.” you are a Ninja (whether you’re a mom or not).