Tired of being a stay-at-home parent
I soon brushed the negative thoughts aside and snapped my attention back into the magazine. A sip of coffee, I flipped the pages. A bite of my blueberry scone, I flipped the pages. Then finally came across an article I wanted to linger on, one contributed by James Griffion, the Super Dad, a writer on the blog "Sweet Juniper". His words pulled me in and by the second paragraph he managed to stir a strong emotional "ah ha" reaction when he wrote: "...when I left my job as a corporate litigator 4 years ago, it was a promise to my children: I may not be able to buy you as many things but you will know your father." ooh yes... along with a tear in my eye came a sense of validation for the choice I had made five years ago to be a stay-at-home parent. I may not be bringing in a large income freelancing projects from home, but she will know her mother.
When I left the bookstore and arrived at the school, I could see the excitement in my daughter's eyes, she was thrilled and proud that I was the "volunteer mom" that day. She had been asking for the last month when it was going to be my turn. The time was at hand, I did a pretty good job at it too, the kids were a delight and I felt immense joy during the process. I am home now writing you this account feeling quite good inside and out, I AM a mother, hear me giggle! I no longer feel a lack but I realize it is a blessing to be able to be part of these early years of my daughter's life, when she is in school full time, then I can think about going back to work, it's a plan - a good one I might add.
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