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I wish you enough…..

9 Jul
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good- bye.

perceptions

9 Feb

Pregnant with my first child I was adamant I would go back to work after my maternity leave, but spending nine months with my baby growing inside me changed my perspective on life. My decision to stay at home was based purely on the selfish thought that nobody could raise my child with the same love, attention, empathy, patience and care I could. 

What I was not ready for were the looks of pity I would receive from people I met who heard I was a stay at home Mom. I left a career I loved in HR, a degree under my belt for future use, I was not ashamed of being “just” a Mommy. Society has other impressions of women who stay at home. There have been so many times during the past ten years people have looked embarrassed for me when I’ve told them I am a stay at home Mom, moving on to make conversation with others in the group. Shame on me for actually starting to believe it just a little. I am looking for a job, part-time, to fit the busy schedule of my children with a husband who travels frequently. Initially wondering what possibly would fit our schedule, I found jobs that could work. If only I could get an interview.

Today I was pondering the fine line separating happiness and depression. At times it seems the world is at my feet, happiness everywhere I look in my life, but then I feel overcome with sadness, feelings of loss for the years I was not working to keep up my professional standing. I certainly wasn’t sitting on my butt eating bon bons the past ten years. I had three children spaced 20 months apart, volunteered at a co-operative preschool, chaired a committee at the preschool for the years my children attended, volunteered and continue to volunteer for a rescue group close to my heart, volunteered in the classrooms at elementary school, and chair two committees for the SCC all this on top of being a Mom to three children and running a household as a single parent for at least half of the year.

Would I make the same decision to stay at home? I cherish the years I have been able to finger paint, make crafts all day, attend library story times, bake cookies, go for nature walks, play in the sandbox, go to the park, nap with my toddler and infant. These are moments the past ten years were made of and nothing could be sweeter.

What will I tell my children if they face the same decision as adults: to stay home or work?  I’d like to think I will tell them to stay home, cherish the time with their children while they are young.

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