This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dr Pepper®. The opinions and text are all mine.
I have a confession to make: I’m kind of a superhero movie nerd. I love the back stories, the unbelievable action sequences, the twists and turns, and seeing a crusader in a cape defeat the bad guys and their apparently foolproof plan. But there’s one thing that bugs me a little: the genre seems to be more male dominant.
Now with Wonder Woman coming to theaters on June 2nd, it’s time for the guys to step aside. It’s empowering to see Wonder Woman take center stage this time around. But what’s even more empowering is considering the real superheroes in our lives every day. Dr Pepper wants you to appreciate the Wonder Woman in your life and has asked me to share my own story.
So who’s a Wonder Woman to me? I say all moms qualify. How can you explain the keeping kids alive on a minimal amount of sleep? The staying sane through every mood swing and change of plans? To all moms who go to work all day and mom all night, all moms who mom all day and all night, all moms who go through the whole pregnancy or adoption or foster processes, and put children’s needs before her own every single day – we salute you.
But with a limit of just one woman, I have to pick my own mom. I think it takes becoming a parent to even begin to appreciate all that your parents do for you. Her sacrifices for me are probably more than I will ever understand. Growing up, I saw her juggle being a mom, working full-time, and going back to school to become a teacher. And then she managed to teach five classes a day, become one of the top teachers in the state, gave constantly to our church community, and still took care of me and my brother. It all seems impossible to me.
And then there’s her dealing with all my hideous teenage outbursts. I’m pretty sure she deserves an award for that.
More recently, my mom lived with us for a few weeks while I finished out my pregnancy and had my youngest son. There’s no way that I can adequately show appreciation after everything she took care of during that time. She took care of laundry, grocery shopped, kept my toddler entertained, cooked, and did the dishes. She constantly gave me opportunities to rest when my energy was gone (re: all the time). Basically, she put her life on hold for me and my family. My mom has done a lot for me, but this, by far, was the biggest thing.
A close second is James’s mom. All you have to do is look at the amazing man she raised, and his strong character, to know what kind of a mom she was.
So, who is your #WonderWoman? And if you’re looking to feel extra epic, pick up Dr Pepper 12-packs with special Wonder Woman packaging at Walmart, which are available in stores now. Rock that W, Wonder Woman!