With my husband a principal we often go to events (like we did last night) where I meet other staff members, school board members, parents, alumni, etc. I love meeting new people and getting to know them, but I still...even after 9 years...still dread when they ask me, "Where do you work?". The dreaded, awkward question for me...
I do some graphic design work from home and I often find myself saying, "I stay at home with our kids and do design work from home". I tag that on as though that makes it more justifiable that I stay home. Is it true? Yes...is it bad that I tack that on...not necessarily...it's just that my motives aren't for any reason other than to justify why I stay home and to make it sound like I have more purpose. As though being at home to raise our kids isn't enough.
99% of the time after saying that people respond with, "you're the one with the hard job" --or something similar. Ummm...sure, some days are better than others, but I think that's the way it is with any job. Sometimes my employees (aka my kids) drive me a little crazy, but I sure do love them! The reality is, I don't think I have the hardest job....I think I have the most rewarding job.
I love that I get to spend so much time with my kids, that I know why they are so happy or so sad...because I was there during their experiences. I love that I've been there when they just started to smile, talk, and walk. That when they ask "why?" about EVERYTHING I can teach them, I can share Truth with them when we wake up, when we walk along the road (or drive in our van), when they lie down and when we go anywhere and do anything. I love that their friends come here to play more often then they go to their homes and that I get to help teach my kids how to be a friend to them because I see their interactions, I love that I'm here when our kids come home from school so that I get to hear all about their day before anyone else, I love that I can keep our house in order so that when Dan's home we can enjoy time as a family, I love that my kids know they can call me from school if they don't feel well and that I'll be there in 5 minutes to pick them up...ok, I could go on and on....the reality is...some days, I think I do have the harder job (Seth's biting phase DEFINITELY won me that award for a season) but 99% of the time...I'm just thankful for the job I have, for my husband who is equally as excited that I'm home with our kids, and for the Lord who has blessed me with all of this.
In reality, I don't want to do anything else. I love staying home and I'm so thankful that the Lord provided for us during Dan's first years of teaching so that I could stay home. Nope, I don't think I have the hardest job ever...but I DO think...I have the BEST job ever!
I mean...how could you resist this???