I found an old post I wrote about 2 1/2 years ago introducing myself and some friends, and I had to laugh as I looked at the pictures. I’m a total dork. But it’s one of my favorite qualities about myself.
I chose the name @LolaLambchops as all my social media handles back in the day, and so it seemed natural to move that over to my personal blog. You see Lola Lambchops is important to me. It’s not an alter ego or anything, but it’s a reminder. I’ve always liked the name Lola. I thought I would use it for a daughter. I mean I had 5 of them. But it never fit. And maybe it didn’t fit, because I didn’t let it fit. I remember posting on Facebook (big mistake, lesson learned) about name choices. Some people didn’t have good things to say about the name, and perhaps I let that influence me.
It serves as a reminder to me that I’m not going to care about what other people think. And not in the, ‘I don’t give two effs’ sense, because I still want to be respectful of people. However, I’m going to be secure enough in my decisions, because I am a smart, confident woman, capable of making decisions for myself. Now my close friends will sometimes call me Lola as a term of endearment or when my feisty Latina side comes out. When they do, it makes me smile.
My married last name is Lamb. My mother-in-law was a hairdresser and owned her own beauty salon. My husband told me he thought Lambchops would always be a good name for a barber shop, you know, a play on Lamb. He’s kinda dorky, too. Needless to say, his mom did not name her salon Lambchops.
I wasn’t really close to my mother-in-law. We had some typical mother-in-law/daughter-in-law issues. There were things said and done. And hurt feelings and pride were hard to get over. Then she passed away from cancer. I live with that regret, that maybe I didn’t try hard enough. Because really when you hold a grudge, you’re just harboring anger, and that anger is directed somewhere. It hurts you more than the person you’re angry with.
Lambchops serves as a reminder for me to be a forgiving person. Life is too short to hold onto grudges even if you’re right or if you think you’re right. I always want to choose love over pride.
Sorry if there were some Shari Lewis Lamb Chop sock puppet fans out there hoping this was a fan page.
So that’s it in a nutshell. I’m just a dorky mom who likes to have fun. I want my kids to know that it’s okay to like what you like and to not take yourself too seriously. I want them to have memories of a mom who wasn’t afraid to get dirty with them, will be their biggest supporter, embarrass herself to win tickets to take them to a Wiggles concert, drive them to a boy band concert 2 hours away just for fun, and dress them in ridiculous costumes for free chicken.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ll stay and chat, have a dance party or two with us, or just have a laugh.