I do not usually do this, and it may be a first here in ye olde blog, but here goes. I have an opinion piece. I will lace it with humor and my own brand of wackiness, but it is my opinion on the subject. You have been warned.
The subject is working Moms, be it stay at home Moms, work at home Moms, or work outside the home Moms. They all work pretty hard. I have always known this but lately it has hit me square in the head. I may have an idea. Being of a manly persuasion sometimes I need to get hit in the fore head with stuff.
My Mom was a nurse and worked 3rd shift while we were growing up. My Dad worked during the day. So Mom would sleep when we were at school and yet.. still had a snack ready when we got home. Still did the laundry cooked and cleaned.
My wife has worked at home, away from home and did all of that too. Most of the woman in my life have worked hard at jobs and did all the home stuff too. Just doing the home stuff is hard enough, in my opinion. And yet, they all wear many hats in the course of the day. Its a full time job and then some. Sixteen hours a day seven days a week!
I have not been laid off since 1991 and here I am 5 months into it and thinking, oh my gawd! This is the longest time I have been without a job since I was a kid. I used to work 90 hours a week at one point in my life. This is crazy.
I have been cooking(okay not much, Steph is a great cook and I suck at it, but I am learning) cleaning and doing as much of the home stuff as I can. After all, Steph is the one with the job. It has its perks, I can run around in shorts and t-shirt and mix chores with writing and all that. Its also hard work balancing it all.
And now I want to work from home. Be a work at home dad. Why not right? I know a few amazing ladies who do that and I am trying to tag along. Man, it is hard work. A person must manage time, and I suck at that.. squirrel!.. see my point? But you can work hard and make a living doing that, and I can do that writing. Sounds wonderful!
It is going to take a lot of hard work. I want to be a full time novelist/writer but I know its not all fun and games, it is hard work. So maybe I will give it a try, see if I can do it. I know a few Moms who it wouldnt hurt to emulate. I know now, more then ever, just how hard they work. I dont know if I can work that hard, but I am going to give it a try.
Tell a Mom she is doing a good job, give her a hand, buy her some chocolate(I figured out the secret obsession for chocolate and I cant tell you, but I understand and want some too). We'll see if I am tough enough...