A very good friend of mine had the extreme audacity to go back to work. Full time. Nervy right? (insert sarcasm font) She left me. Sad face. (true feeling font)
Now I’m a Mama who kind of feels like she has done it all; worked full time without kids, full time with kids, part time, job share, work from home, run a business from home and full time stay at home Mom. I’m here to tell you right now, some of my most challenging days have been those at home with those little creatures I love the most. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining! I did make a choice, a commitment, I gave up a career I absolutely loved to stay home with my babies, but sometimes there is nothing harder, nothing more isolating than being a Mama at home in the Suburbs.
One thing that makes life a little bit sweeter when you are a Mom at home, is having a couple of good girlfriends walking down the same path. So I will be frank, when one of those girlfriends steps off that path to follow a different dream, it can get a little too quiet. The phone doesn’t ring as often, coffee dates are fewer, hours alone are just…longer.
I think us Moms staying and/or working from home, we are a rare breed. Perhaps nearly extinct?
I continue to be thankful every day for all of my girlfriends; the few, the strong, the tolerating of my crazy! I am thankful for my sisters maternity leave, and for other girlfriends with incredible long distance plans. I am also thankful to all of you! My invisible friends on the other side of the screen who shout encouragement when I have had a bad day, and laugh at stories
that aren’t really funny only a tired Mama would understand.
Today I send a big fat shout out to all the Mamas out there working their way through this world the best they can. Whether your path has you working from home, in an office downtown, slaving away in a restaurant or store, or fighting for that coveted position just out of reach, I send a big CHEERS to you. No one in this world works harder than a Mom.
My wish for all of you today…extra sloppy hugs and kisses, huge belly laughs from your babies, time to play and maybe even a decent nights sleep.
Oh and nervy girl who had the audacity to go back to work full time….I am all kinds of proud of you. xo