There is No Mommy, Only Zuul


Back in my single days, I would leave when I wanted, do what I wanted, and not have to answer to anyone. If I felt like going to White Castle at 11:37pm, I’d do it. I’d be pretty scared and drag my 6’4″ male friend with me as a body guard, because I’m sure all of you know that every single White Castle in existence is in a not so friendly neighborhood. But, when that crave hits, you must oblige.

Even when I lived with my father, he’d just ask where I was going and I’d quickly reply “Out’, and that was the end of discussion. I was a free spirit: coming, going, and doing as I pleased. 

Those were the days, and it is lovely to reminisce every once in a while. But, alas, I don’t live in single land anymore. As a married woman,  I don’t do many spontaneous activities. The other night, we went out to Stop & Shop at 6:14pm because my husband was hungry and wanted some… apples!


It slowed down even more when my daughter popped into the world. I’m such a homebody now, that I’m just a shell of what I used to be. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade this life for anything else in the world.   Now, I just spend most of my days answering the multiple questions ofa 2 year old. 

“Mummy, what you doing?” (My husband is Irish, and spells  ‘mommy’ as ‘mummy’. It just stuck with me now).

“Mummy, what is that?”

“Mummy, what you doing?” 

“Mummy, what you doing?”

“Mummy,  you doing?” {I guess because by shortening it she can get it out faster}.

And because I didn’t hear her the first 10,000 times…



“Mummy , you doing?” { I was still doing exactly the same thing she asked the first million times, and it’s still no different. }

I’ve gone from answering to no one, not even my husband, to answering a teeny, tiny parole officer. 

It’s gotten to the point that I feel like Dana from Ghostbusters, when she gets possessed by Zuul, and Venkman keeps on asking for Dana. She quickly responds, “There is no Dana, only Zuul.” 

Mummy is gone, she disappeared 500 questions ago, and in her place is Zuul to bring on Gozer the destroyer.