Change is not fun.
Even if it’s good change, it still leaves a little hollow feeling in the pit of your stomach.
That’s how I’ve been feeling this week. Not unhappy or even nervous, just a little off.
Why, you ask? What’s going on?
Hubby and I had a “state-of-the-union” discussion and decided that it was time for me to seek employment outside of the home.
It’s been twelve years since I wrote a resume…it needed a lot of updating.
With one kid heading out-of-state to go to college, and the other working and socializing so much that she’s gone more than she’s home, our family’s needs are changing. And with a 21-year-old house that needs re-roofing and siding, it’s time for Stay-at-Home-Mom to make way for Working-Mom.
Don’t get me wrong…my first and primary job will always be Wife and Homemaker. Trouble is, those jobs don’t pay very well…at least not in the type of currency we need to fix the house, pay for dental work, replace the stove, repair or replace the van…
You catch my drift.
I have to admit, after completing my resume, even I was a little impressed with the wide range of skills and abilities I have to offer. I’m not bragging or anything, it’s just that, when you’ve been at home with your kids for the last 8 years, you start to forget that you can do anything else. When you’re not getting quarterly reviews, cost of living wage increases, promotions, or bonuses, it’s easy to lose sight of how valuable your job really is, and how skilled, intelligent, and capable you really are.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, all you stay-at-home moms out there, you home-schooling moms, those of you who have been blessed to be able to stay home to nurture and grow your budding family…you have one of the most important jobs on Earth. Don’t ever let anyone convince you otherwise. The experience you gain in being chief cook and bottle washer, household manager, superintendent of schools, head teacher, buying specialist, product analyst, child welfare officer, assistant CEO, dog catcher, public relations director, head nurse, chauffeur, life coach, morale officer, executive assistant, activities director, sanitation officer, diplomat…that experience is beyond compare and invaluable.
“Stay-at-home” does not equal “unskilled.” Never forget it, hang in there when it gets hard…it’s SO worth it!
O.K., so this post was supposed to be about the changes this family is making, but it turned out to be a motivational pep-talk instead…I’m glad it did. And I don’t think I’m going to go back and edit it to be a more cohesive piece of writing…this blog is about the real me talking to the real you about real stuff. So here it is, un-edited.