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12 February 2011 @ 03:51 pm
How a dissertation is like pregnancy/raising a child:

  • I am eating a Nutella-and-grape sandwich.
  • She doesn't stop crying for attention/feeding/general care and prevents me from sleeping.
  • She crawls into bed at night when she's scared she has done something wrong/has lost something/won't be able to do something and has nightmares; I am then also kept from sleep.
  • She wakes me up in the morning far earlier than I would like and guilts me into staying awake.
  • She always wants to stay up late and keep my attention, even when I tell her to go to sleep because it is Mum-to-Herself Time.
  • I am afraid I am doing everything wrong with her and it leaves me in fits of angst, self-doubt and whinging.
  • I am afraid that I won't get enough into her before it is time for her to leave me. (I am also afraid she is inadvertently picking up the wrong things and is keeping those with her instead!)
  • I am frightened silly by the thought of letting her go out into that big bad world, how she will do and (selfishly) how it will reflect on me.
  • The whole process is often a pain in the arse, but there are these beautiful moments in which everything clicks, and sometimes, in a moment of honest self-reflection and clarity, I might even tell you that I enjoy it and wouldn't completely mind doing it again, now that I'm getting the knack...but then I'd be right back onto the whinging.

Back to my sandwich and feelings of OH MY GOODNESS I CAN'T DO THIS EVERYTHING IS WRONG NOTHING IS GOING RIGHT I AM GOING TO MESS HER UP SO MUCH I AM A MESS! (My mind prefers the "can't can't can't" reel even when I really need it to change over to the "can can can" reel. Ah well. This is my mind, and I live in it - usually.)

Do you have any to add?


Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.
[Rachel Carson]
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albalarkalbalark on February 12th, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
::snerk:: You've really hit motherhood on the head, Kiwi!

I love the comparison between the two - it definitely works. ::g::
Kiwi Crocus: Rainbow || Roses.cranky__crocus on February 23rd, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC)
*Giggles.* I'm surprised to know I have, given I've never had a child of my own! (And, glorious as I know they are, I hope I don't have one for quite a while!) Glad to know the comparison works. :D Thank you for the kind words!
lash_laruelash_larue on February 12th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC)
From what I recall, I agree. You have nailed parenthood. Feel free to skip the messier bits.

PS: How is Fluffy?
Nickiperoxidepirate on February 13th, 2011 03:19 am (UTC)
Awesome list!

I don't anything about dissertations, so I won't attempt to add to the list, but I will say that list also applies to planning a restaurant menu. Sigh.

Oh, wait! I do have one.

She's more complicated than you ever would have expected. Sometimes you look at her and can't even believe she came from you.
albalarkalbalark on February 13th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
That's lovely - and spot on!
Kiwi Crocus: Rainbow || The cake is a lie.cranky__crocus on February 23rd, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
Glad to know this list can make its way around different disciplines! That's always useful to know. (:

Oh oh oh! I completely agree with your addition!