Sunday, December 4, 2011
Are Moms Ever "Off-Duty?"
My son decides from time to time that 4 a.m. is a great time to get up for the day. Thank goodness it's rare!! I wish I could say he takes a nap or goes to bed much earlier than his usual bedtime, but he doesn't. A few weeks ago, I woke up because I heard him singing. I looked over at the clock and it was 4 a.m. At 4:30, I heard him going downstairs past our bedroom. I looked over at my husband and jokingly told him I don't go on "duty" until 5! It got me thinking that as moms, are we ever "off-duty?" Some of our many "jobs" include the following: Job #1 - chauffeur (driving one or more children to activities usually all beginning and ending at the same time). I haven't come up with a way to be in two places at the same time (yet). Job #2 - chef (trying to please one or more children and/or husband with your culinary expertise) - made even tougher with dietary restrictions (allergies, etc.). Whenever one or more of my family members has a comment I tell them, "I'll let the kitchen and/or management staff know." That usually keeps any more comments at bay. Job #3 - nursemaid (example: trying to soothe a crying baby who is having teething issues) at 3 a.m. in the morning. Job #4 - cleaning lady (trying to keep the mess or clutter of one or more children and/or husband from overtaking the house). Job #5 - laundromat operation staff - (sometimes washing a certain item of clothing at 10 p.m. that is needed by 7 a.m. the next morning). There are lots more, but the above are all that I can think of at the moment. If you're a single mom or taking care of extended family members the list is even longer. I consider being a mom one of the best "jobs" that I will ever have. It's 24/7 and you're always on "duty", but well worth it in my opinion. Sure, it's not always peaches and cream, but most of the time the benefits are sweet!