Margo Dill: Author's latest another good laugh at life
Lela Davidson is funny. With her humor, she gives parenting and marriage a whole new and refreshing twist.
She's at it again with her latest book of hilarious, parenting essays in the book, "Who Peed On My Yoga Mat?" This is a sequel of sorts to her award-winning "Blacklisted from the PTA," which won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Humor.
In "Who Peed on My Yoga Mat?," Davidson's kids are growing up — they are no longer toddlers, but "text-obsessed" teens — and she's turned 40. She still writes a few essays about babies, but mostly she addresses this new phase of her family's life; and once again, she does it with humor and grace and keeps parents everywhere laughing and nodding their heads in agreement.
Take for example the title essay where the author shares with readers the secret of who actually peed on her yoga mat. This entire section, "Over 40 in a Botox World," is hysterical, especially if you are 40 or older.
(Younger readers might not understand the difficulty of passing up paying bills or cleaning the toilet when trying to make their way to the gym.)
One of the funniest essays is not about parenting at all, but gives a great commentary about the social media world we live in. In "Bloggers, Beds, and New BFFs," Davidson wants to attend a blogging conference, but she needs to share a room. She doesn't have a roommate, so she tweets, "Anyone need a roommate?" And someone answers her — the essay that follows is laugh-out-loud funny about the awkward situation that sharing a room with strangers can put you in.
The book opens with a section titled "The Making of a Mom," in which the author discusses baby poop, potty training and tomboys. It ends with the section titled "Marital Bliss." This includes an essay about the top 10 things men should know about women — female readers will want to share this with the men in their lives.
Davidson shares with men things that women find attractive and may lead to the man "getting lucky" — things like knowing how to use Lysol and asking for directions.
She states, "We're not as complicated as you think. You're simple; we both know that. But so are we. We just want to be appreciated, emotionally, intellectually, and physically."
When asked if you had to read the first book about the PTA in order to understand the family and relationships in Davidson's latest book, she said, "No, they are fully independent! All of the essays in both books are stand-alone reads. I hope new readers will want to go back and discover my first book."
Besides these two humorous essay books, Davidson is also active on social media: Twitter, Facebook and blogging. You can find out more about her and how to follow her on her website, leladavidson.com/, where her tagline is "What you were thinking — only funnier."
According to her website, she also is a freelance journalist and commentator for "TODAY Moms" and a regular contributor to iVillage and Huffington Post.
In a world where we are constantly bombarded with horrible news and horrific stories that we could never imagine, Davidson's look at family life is upbeat, optimistic and downright funny. Even when she has a bad day, she finds something in it to laugh at.
Laugh along with her by picking up a copy of "Who Peed on My Yoga Mat?"
Margo L. Dill is the author of "Finding My Place: One Girl's Strength at Vicksburg," a middle-grade historical fiction novel. She often reviews books as a columnist for "WOW! Women On Writing" e-zine and her blog, "Margo Dill's Read These Books and Use Them" (http://margodill.com/blog/). She lives in St. Louis with her family.