So you tested your knowledge with this issue’s The Great Providence Quiz. How’d you do? Here, I drop some more Providence knowledge on you, but, this time, it’s for all of us moms and dads out there. And why we all need this awesome city.
1. There is a cupcake shop on almost every corner.
Cupcakes are an essential parenting tool. They either serve as an incentive (read: bribe) for your child to get his pencil out of his brother’s eye or as a reward for yourself after you’ve lost 32 new pieces of hair as a result of the hurricane of a day you just had. While a [delicious] cupcake may not bring your hair back, it will satisfy your stomach and make you dream of Ryan Reynolds later that night. (These side-effects have been documented.)
2. You will always look your best. Or at least pretend to.
Let’s face it; parenthood could crimp your style. While you once spent time beautifying yourself in the morning with the trendiest duds and loveliest locks, you now just might be lucky to have pants on as you leave the house to drop your kids off at the bus stop. And that disposable income you once took for granted? It now pays for disposable diapers. But, fear not, because Providence has more consignment shops per capita than any other city in the country! Ok, I just made that up, but, really, there are new fabulous shops popping up all over the place, with a vast array of brand-name items, gorgeous jewelry, and, even diaper bags.
3. Spike’s Junkyard Dogs.
Do I need to say more? (See: bribing your children with cupcakes, above.)
4. Big support for your budding artist. (Because, you know, each one of our kids is just that.)
If there were ever a place to raise a Picasso, it’s Providence. Between the art galleries and museums, art schools, and art sculptures gracing the streets of downtown, it’s no wonder your highly skilled children want to live here. I know that when my 2 year-old daughter draws “a person coming out of a bed,” and it resembles “a big nazo character on acid, ice skating on a trampoline,” I am gearing up for her application to RISD. It’s comforting to know these resources are readily available for my creatively genius children.
5. The Vineyards. They are aplenty.
Ok, so I realize they aren’t exactly IN Providence, but any which direction you head out of the city, there’s a vineyard within your travels. Which means, there’s wine to be had. Lots of it. The end.
* Jen Senecal is a mom to three girls, a writer, blogger and graphic designer. Read more on her foray into parenthood at www.keekoin.com