Jenn Doucette File:
Reviewed by Darcie Gudger
Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This
"... what Doucette has to say is useful and applicable regardless of the age of a reader’s children and their socioeconomic status."
Author Jenn Doucette promises a snatch of sanity for modern moms on the pages of Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This. She delivers. Short, snappy chapters infused with personal stories and humor are a quick read in those rare moments of kidlessness: i.e. on the toilet behind a closed door and sitting in the car waiting for a child to emerge from some large building.
Doucette compares motherhood to a car. Without proper maintenance, gas, or even time with the engine OFF, any car can become a junk-yard relic. As a mother of a 22 month old, I relate. Consistent sub-headings of “Tank Toppers”, “Take a Break” and “Getting Directions” carry the theme from the 1st chapter to the last. Practical advice and scriptural illumination are presented in a way harried moms can apply the concepts in the here and now. Some of the suggestions are tongue-in-cheek – don’t be surprised if you find yourself in a full-out guffaw.
Chapter 6, “Touch and Go” highlights a mother’s need to be like MacGyver. “…as a MacGyver Mom, I have used duct tape for a number of things, none of which involve ducts. I’ve taped diapers onto fussy toddlers, repaired big wheel bikes, reconnected Hot Wheels tracks, hemmed pants, made numerous Valentine’s Day mailboxes and removed warts” ( pg 82). In essence, mothers can save the day or the world with that silver sticky stuff.
I’m very selective about non-fiction books because the writing style often turns me off. Books on motherhood are the most difficult for me to stomach. Ooey-gooey, baby talk, condescending tone, or inability to relate to a broad demographic of moms causes me to drop books by page two. Doucette’s writing is the exception for this genre. No baby talk, no expository explanations referencing 1067 experts; and what she has to say is useful and applicable regardless of the age of a reader’s children and their socioeconomic status.
Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This feels more like a companion than a book. Pick it up, lock the kids in a cage and dive in with a quadruple shot latte.
Darcie Gudger is a freelance writer currently working on a young adult novel while trying to solve all the mysteries of motherhood with her adopted son, Kyle. In her spare time, she coaches the 2A Colorado State Champion Sheridan High School colorguard, judged equipment for the Rocky Mountain Colorguard Association and sings for the Bear Valley church choir and worship team. An adventure-seeker who lives and writes in the shadow of the Rocky mountains, Darcie loves hiking, camping, cycling, photography and keeping her husband guessing. Visit Darcie online at her blog, Joy in the Litterbox.