Why I Identify With This Mother Possum

Why I Identify With This Mother Possum

It sounds a lot weirder than it actually is.

Upon scrolling through Facebook today, I happened to stumble upon a video of a mother possum carrying her babies in the most peculiar way. Essentially, the mother carries her babies on her back. The babies just hang on to the mother in the best way they can, and the mother walks as she usually would. When I saw this video, I initially thought it was simply a cute little clip meant to cheer someone up or make someone smile. Then, I got to thinking. This mother possum is actually me.

No, I don't mean that I look like a possum or I have a tendency to eat left-over garbage on the side of the curb for trash day, I mean this possum is me, carrying my friends on my back, when we go out on a Saturday night. I know this is a strange analogy, but you know what I mean. When my friends have a little too much to drink, I instantly go into mom mode. I will do anything and everything to make sure my friends make it out of the bar safely, much like mother possum here ensures that her babies make it from point A to point B just fine. In fact, I once had to carry my best friend out of a bar and help her stand up right in order to get her to the Uber we were going to ride home in.

I'm not complaining here, I honestly like being the "mom" of the group. I don't mind making sure that my friends are surviving and thriving. I would rather make sure everyone else is doing alright than have to worry about something happening to one of us while we go out. In order to be a good "mom" of the group, you have to sometimes make sacrifices. If I have to sacrifice a wild night out to help out a friend that needs it, I'm happy to do so. I'm sure this mother possum feels the same way about her offspring.

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9 Reasons You're Still In Love With Tim Riggins In 2019

Clear eyes. Full hearts.

If you're a Friday Night Lights fan, you know very well who Tim Riggins is. And if you've never seen the show, he's basically just the bad boy football star and sensitive hottie of your dreams, all wrapped into one heart-throbbing package. If you haven't already fallen under the Tim Riggins spell, you're about to...

1. He's the star running back of the Dillon Panthers.

Basically every girl who has walked this earth has fantasized about having that cliche football relationship. No shame. #33 on the field, #1 in my heart.

2. He's actually really sensitive.

Tim Riggins may seem hard and dysfunctional on the outside, but he's really just a big softie. He's no JD McCoy, who grew up lavishly and extremely fortunate; Tim had a rough upbringing. He and his brother, Billy, had to work hard all by themselves just to stay above water, which is most likely what keeps him so grounded and humbled.

3. He loves kids.

Tim didn't even think twice about taking his neighbor under his wing when he moved in next door. And for some reason, there's just somethin' about cute boys holding babies that makes us girls swoon.

4. He's genuine and honest.

Sure, maybe he took advantage of his football-star status and slept with most of the rally girls, but once he fell in love with Lyla we saw his compassionate side. (You probably envied Lyla and maybe even hated her for a while because of it...I know I did.)

5. He knows how to have a good time.

It's 5 o'clock somewhere.

6. He's a family man.

Tim took the blame for his brother's crime and went to prison for it...if that's not loyalty then I don't know what is.

7. He's affectionate.

If you either hate Lyla or you want to be Lyla or a combination of the both, you are not alone.

8. He's protective.

Probably the only time you've ever wanted to be in a tornado was when you watched the episode where he shielded Julie from flying debris.

9. He's beautiful.

You're welcome for blessing you with this GIF.

May you all find your own Tim Riggins. Amen.

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