We're all back in school, sitting in adjacent desks with spindly metal legs and pressed wood tops. We're each being given a test - it's long and complicated and at some point we will probably be asked to answer the multiple choice questions with an essay and vice-versa. Somewhere during our cram sessions and study prep we got it into our minds that it's not just our work that determines our grades, but how our answers and results compare to those sitting around us.
That test we're taking is motherhood and we're all trying to cheat off our neighbors.
In a perfect world that would be the perfect way to ace the test, just look over at Ms. Across-The-Aisle who started her test a few years before you did and you’ll have all the answers and ace the test. Except that we don’t have the same answers; in fact we don’t even have the same questions and in most cases we’re be given a completely different test.