Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Working mom

So for one week a year, I work full time. This is the week. I am coaching the youngest girls section at our friend's soccer camp while our 7 all attend camp as well. I am exhausted. Completely, utterly exhausted. Maybe it's the being up until midnight washing soccer clothes so there will be enough to go around for all 7. Maybe it is the being up at 6am to pack a cooler full of food to feed 7 hungry soccer players. Maybe it's that a body nearing it's 40th year has no right to be on the soccer field for 6 straight hours.

Honestly... age old debate aside, I don't know how working mothers do this. One week a year is enough for me. More than enough. Plenty. Today was the only day I could take Kaleigh to finish shopping for her upcoming camping trip. Fitz had a camp show tonight, so after rushing home from camp, I showered all the stinky, sweaty players, sent some off with him, took a couple with me and headed to Target. Buying travel sized toiletries reminded us that she needed a haircut before the trip, and this was our only free time to do it. It was late by then and we hadn't eaten so we ran through the drive through. This reminded me that if my own soccer players wanted to eat lunch, I needed to buy bread for tomorrow. One more quick run to the store before we headed home.

On the drive home, I was trying to figure out how people manage this. And I decided if I was ever to work full time, I would need to have a really well-paying job, so I could hire a housekeeper. And a cook. And a laundry person. And after a day like this a masseuse. Yes, defintely a masseuse.


Heather said...

Thank you for this post! Honestly, it is so, so hard. And honestly, it really is extraordinarily rare to have an "at-home" mom acknowledge it in any real way. This feels so incredibly refreshing for me to read this post, I can't even explain it! Just THANK YOU tonight from little ol' exhausted me!
And p.s. We LOVE the CD and I'm planning to blog about it soon! :)

theghelertertwins.blogspot.com said...

I ditto what Heather said. It means a lot coming a "stay at homer". It is hard, and I have hired help. An au pair who lives with us and a housekeeper weekly. I still find it difficult managing time with the girls.


all4one said...

Like you, I'm a stay at home mom and I can't imagine having to work full-time on top of my regular mom responsibilities. Just trying to keep up with laundry, cooking and referee duties is a full-time job in and of itself most days. Kudos to all the working moms out there!

Your carseat post made me laugh because that's my life now. We're hoping to add #5 to our family soon and the carseat and vehicle issues are always at the front of our minds! :)

KelseyChristine said...

My mom is a stay-at-home mom right now, but will be going back to work in the fall. She would definitely appreciate this post! I know she prefers to be at home, and I'm sure she wishes it was an option for the fall!! Thanks for writing this--it will help me be more sensitive when she is stressed out.

trish said...

A friend and I discuss this frequently. I think she has the harder position and she thinks I do ( I am a SAHM). I cannot imagine taking 8 - 10 hours of my day away (to work outside the home) and then trying to squeeze everything into the time that remains. I'm tired just thinking about it.