Michael asked me a while ago, why Ninja Mom?
Well – for one thing, “ninja” has more cachet than “wallflower,” which is how I usually identify myself.
In addition, it’s hard to be special helper to the Easter bunny, the tooth fairy, AND Santa Claus without employing at least a little stealth and subterfuge.
I’ve mentioned already that I find the image of the soldier a good one for understanding the Christian life. Mothers, and Christians in general, are servants and servants tend to be invisible agents. So, soldier + invisible agent = ninja, right?
I did a google search for “ninja mom” and found many women who identify themselves in one way or another as a ninja mom. This discovery was a little embarrassing (“Shoot, I guess I’m not very original”) but mostly comforting (“Shoot, I guess I’m not very original.”)
But Michael persisted – should a mother be invisible? Sneaky? Subtle?
Maybe not. But it’s more fun to draw a ninja doing something, than just a regular person.