I am a stay-at-home mom and feeling a little under appreciated lately. I know everyone says how important a mother’s job is, but I don’t always feel so important. People always ask what I want to do with my life. I thought I was doing it. It’s hard to not feel like I should be doing more.
What I am about to write is directed to the stay-at-home mom. I have many great friends and family members that are fabulous working moms, but this particular piece is about the mom who’s only job is in the home. I have been in this position for the past fifteen years and have loved every minute of it. However, the rewards of motherhood are not very tangible. You cannot list the achievements on a resume, or frame certificates to hang on a wall. But they come in little heartfelt moments that you wouldn’t trade for the world. Recently, my oldest son and I were talking about life and all it’s many opportunities. He asked, “Mom, what did you want to be when you were a little girl?” I got that far away look as I thought back to all the things I had pictured myself doing when I was young and said, “Oh, a pediatrician, a French teacher, an artist, a nurse, a psychologist…I wanted to be all of those things, but I guess I ended up not doing any of them.” He sweetly put his hand on mine and said, “Mom, yes you did. You’ve been all of those things to us.” What a mature and thoughtful young man he is, and you know what? He was right. I have poured every talent and ability God has blessed me with into bringing up these four children. I’ve taught them all the best parts of me. I may not have given my time and energy to the world directly, but I have given them to my children and I cannot think of more worthy vessel. Regardless of whether they succeed or fail, the important thing is that I can look back without regret. I have been true to myself and true to what I felt was my God-given purpose. So dear reader, the next time someone asks you what more you are going to do with your life, sweetly reply, “I’m afraid my life is completely spent at the moment. For you see, I am fully invested in an incredibly promising endeavor that has enormous potential to produce immeasurable returns. I believe in this venture so much that in order to ensure quality, I have given up my own ambitions so that I can personally provide the project with the necessary resources needed to see it to completion. The best part of the deal is that the dividends are dispersed daily and many times are actually more than my little heart can hold.” Like mothers of old, we store up these treasures in our hearts. Where depreciation does not exist, thieves cannot reach, and moths and rust cannot destroy. So sweet friend, get your uniform on (Blingy velour track suit), keep the company car gassed up (Mini-van or SUV), and flip on the taxi sign. Because despite our depressed economy, the work is plentiful, the pay is great, and you’ve never been in higher demand. Viva motherhood!
_The Cordell Beacon_11 January 2012