Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sherpa: Oh Momma, Can This Really Be the End?

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sherpa: Oh Momma, Can This Really Be the End?

Article excerpt

Well, I certainly stepped in it yet again, wading into territory so treacherous and relentless. And I should have known better. Honestly, Im too old to be this dumb.

I got young mothers mad at me.

Sure, there might be scarier crowds to find yourself lined up against like maybe SEAL Team 6 or a car salesman one deal short of a monthly bonus.

But for the most part, you wont find a tougher crowd than sleep- deprived, 30-something women who are juggling jobs, play dates and Zumba classes.

It started in late January, when I wrote a column chastising young moms for constantly posting their childrens every waking moments on Facebook.

I continued, obviously oblivious to the shaky ground rising beneath my feet, and took a shot at parents who take their children to Las Vegas or Mexican resorts and ruin the reason people go to such places to get away from kids.

Some people agreed with me, for they also get annoyed sometimes by the My Kid Is An Honor Student At ... crowd.

Little did I realize, however, that I would antagonize one reader whom Ill call Kelly (because thats her name). She is a dedicated blogger, a job I wont criticize (because I am one too).

Through past correspondence, I knew that Kelly was a regular reader of my column and that her uncle and I knew each other from my past life as a cops-and-robbers reporter. (Hes a cop.)

She also is quite inexplicably so, considering she is substantially younger than me a huge fan of the Monkees. As a child of the 60s, I feel obliged to note that for a very brief period, the Monkees were cool. And to this day, I find it impossible not to sing along with Daydream Believer.

Nevertheless, none of this common ground stopped her from using an entire column in her Are You Finished Yet blog to take me to task.

I knew I was in trouble when I read this line: I want to go on record as saying: Sherpa, I still love you. …

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