Monday night we ended up taking Doug to an urgent care facility.* When we got there, we were handed an electronic patient registration system. Jeff was filling out all the into and came to 'Mother's Occupation'. The options were 'working full time', 'part time', 'unemployed' and 'other'. Jeff looked at me for guidance. I said, 'Well, I guess let's go with 'other'. We were hoping there was a selection to elaborate on 'other', but there was not.
I have to say, that even though I do not earn a pay check, I am not unemployed. I work all day, every day. It may not always be hard work or particularly labor intensive, but I'm not at leisure all the time either. Things need to get done around the house, Doug needs attention and Jeff needs help now too. I rarely get sick days or coffee breaks. I do get more bathroom breaks now than I used to though, thank goodness. Recently some one suggested that his wife list her title as "Executive Director of Child Development and Home Management Operations". I love that, I might have to use that in a few years when I look for a job.
I don't think that being a stay-at-home-mom works for everyone. I can respect each woman's choice to do what's right for her family. Some women want to work and some women need to work. I don't think moms who balance a career and a family get enough credit for it. Single moms deserve high salaries and MVP awards waaay more than athletes do.
I'm not griping about being a SAHM either. I love it! I feel like this was the job I was born to do. It's so rewarding to be with Doug, to nurture him and to watch him grow, change and learn. I would hate to be at work and miss all of this.
How could I leave this face?
*Doug's fine, it was just an issue with his circumcision healing, which was normal. I think Doug would appreciate it if I didn't go into too much detail :)