Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Plug This: So a Blonde Walks Into a Blog

Our "Plug This" series is devoted to lesser-known figures in the Catholic blogosphere. You know, the ones which the mainstream Catholic print media avoids while obsessing over the same two or three every chance they get.

The subject of this installment is from a niche that is under the radar for some of us, but which has been our subject before; that of the “mommy blog.”

So a Blonde Walks Into a Blog

Dawn (last name unknown) is a free-lance writer for various publications, which she chooses not to identify through this venue. Nor does she say where in Virginia she lives. But she does tell us that she is a 36-year-old homeschooling mother of three, who grew up in Annapolis, Maryland, and who has been married to “my awesome husband” for 20 years.

Okay, let's do the math. That means when she married she was...

Yeah, I know what you're thinking.

But don't be fooled. Remember, she's married to the same guy. Happily, and with three children, who have been homeschooled.

I've corresponded with this gal, and she's definitely not one of those blondes. And if you get past the search for the perfect shoes to match the latest designer handbag, the “desperate housewife” melodrama that lurks at the end of every other cul-de-sac (like a teenage daughter who was the subject of inappropriate devotion, by a manager at said daughter's job, which ended up in court, and you get to read all about it), and occasional descriptions of what we used to call “female problems” out of a desire not to share such things with the whole world -- like I said, when you get past all that, Dawn is a really sharp lady. She waxes eloquently about her Catholic faith, whether it's her son's recent joining with those who serve at the altar of God, or a devotion to particular Saints.

Of course, advice on how to spot a cheap Prada knockoff will probably draw more of a crowd.

And it is quite a crowd that appears in the right sidebar. Our subject has a very devoted following, not only of readers, but of other contenders to be the next Erma Bombeck. This isn't a mommy blog for all mommies, especially those of delicate conversational sensibilities. But if your sojourns to the virtual backyard fence know no limits to subject matter, and if you don't get nearly enough dramatics in your life, this may be the one for you.

That, and... well, let's admit that she is very photogenic, shall we?

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