The really awesome question, asked anonymously, is: Do you ever wonder if you’re missing out on anything by not being a working mom?
Oh, all the time. But only when I’m feeling extra selfish.
Now, I feel I should clarify. I am not at all implying that working moms are selfish. At all. I’m just saying that when I think about what I might be missing out on, I’m only doing so because I’ve had a rough day at home and my mind starts to wander.
Like, maybe I’d have more of a social life. Maybe it’d give me a reason to get up, shower and dress to impress. Maybe I’d even brush my teeth before noon. Maybe I’d be in “the loop.” Maybe I’d get a pat on the back when I did something right. Maybe I’d have a paycheck to show for all my hard work. Maybe others would feel like I was contributing to society. Maybe people would think I was smarter. Maybe I’d have more money. Maybe I’d get taken seriously every once in a while. Maybe others would think I was important. Maybe there would be a little respect thrown in my direction. Maybe I wouldn’t have to hear about how I “just” stay at home. Maybe I would feel appreciated.
See? So, not only is my list full of superficial, fleeting things, but it’s full of “maybes” too. Because maybe all of those things wouldn’t even happen for me. Then what? And half of those things I listed are about what other people think. Like that even matters.
So, no maybe about it, I would rather miss out on all of that, than miss out on this.
Because this only happens once. The kiddies are only this little and this dependant and mine to look after…just this once. And the thought of missing out on this, kills me.
So, while I have the privilege of doing so, I will be right here.
Brushing my teeth whenever the heck I feel like it.
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