Who Peed on My Yoga Mat?
More Stories From a Perfectly Imperfect Life
Author: Lela Davidson
Publisher: Jupiter Press
Publication Date: December 4, 2012I don't know how many times I actually laughed out loud while reading this book (lots, by the looks my partner was giving me while he was trying to do work) but I remember thinking, "If I'm going to include quotes for my review, I don't know which ones to choose!" Would it be the letter at the beginning explaining to the PTA why she shouldn't be expected to volunteer for anything involving other people's kids ("Kids never believe my 'I'll smack you in the face' threats until it's too late. No one wants that lawsuit.")? Would it be the horror she experienced when her nearly-teen daughter started listening to awful music (Enya! Her father gave her his old Enya CDs!)? Or would it be the time when she was irritated with her shaggy-haired and goateed husband after a long trip only to discover that the flight attendant was taken with him, and she realized she should see him as others do ("a handsome goat")? Too many to decide really.
I loved this book. I figured from the title that it would be funny--and it was--but I was also surprised by how sincere and even poignant it was at times. Lela Davidson writes honestly. She's just a lot funnier when she's being honest than most people are.
And she doesn't shy away from sharing experiences that might not be universal. Not everyone can relate to "gated private public schools" and sending their kids to cotillion (a cotillion? the cotillion? cotillion classes? I don't even quite know how to write it...the thing with dancing and fancy gloves...I think) but most moms can relate to her scrimping on groceries and "not buying name brand cereal." (Actually, now that I think about it, I do buy name brand cereal and I could never afford private school tuition...maybe there's a correlation? Note to self: No more fancy cereals!)
It's not an easy thing to be funny and sincere at the same time. Well, I mean, unless you're Lela Davidson obviously.