I am voluntarily unemployed. Some people would see it as laziness, or the inability to hold a job. On the contrary, I wanted to stay employed, and my bosses wanted me to continue working for them, but family priorities come first and I must consider what is best for the kids before I consider what is best for me. I miss my paycheck. I miss my friends. I miss interacting with people my own age. But the benefits to my children were immediately evident. Zack graduated, Art and Becca pulled their grades up, and Rocky made phenominal improvements. I do not have any regrets.
Dickidoo on the other hand may disagree. I'm sure he hoped that along with being a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) I would also fulfill the role of HW (House Wife). Well, I'm his wife, and I live in our house, but thats about as close as it gets. I hated cleaning while I was employed, and I still hate cleaning now. I have managed to keep the dishes caught up, and I love having time to experiment and prepare hot, full course meals on a regular basis. Anything other than that sucks with a capital S U C K S !
There has to be a better name to describe my role in society now. Housewife is so outdated, and quite frankly it just doesn't fit. SAHM sounds so... military, like I should have to report to some drill sgt. or superior officer. I am not a domestic engineer, I am not a homemaker. My job is to provide a stable environment for my family to thrive in. I have no degree or formal education. My training has all been on-the-job. I am a doctor, a nurse, I am a teacher, a preacher, a couselor, I am a detective, a law enforcement officer, judge and jury. I am a magician, a story teller, an artist and a musician. I am a culinary wizard and a nutritionist. I am a philosopher, a psychologist and an analyst. I am an umpire, referee and mediator. I demand fairness and yet I often practice blatant blind loyalty in regards to my offspring. I am a gentle caregiver and yet can turn into a protective grizzley when my children are threatened.
So what am I? What name, what one word can best describe me and the millions of other women like me through out the world? What am I? Tired comes to mind. But seriously I am just being maternal. I am a mother, plain and simple. There needs to be no fancy title or silly acronym. The pay sucks, but the benefits are fantastic and definitely worth it. I couldn't think of a better job to have than being a mom ! (Except maybe a quality control specialist for Godiva Chocolates.... mmmmmmmmm!)
Godiva Chocolates (hint, hint!)