So, what are you doing now?
I stay home.
But didn’t you go to school?
Dave and I once had a conversation just before we were married about me staying home and I laughed at him. Laughed. Out loud. I was career driven. I thought he was nuts and I pretty much told him so.
But, you all know how that turned out.
My name is Michelle, and I am a stay at home mom.
Staying home is not for the faint of heart. It isn’t easy. I don’t sit around watching the View and eating bonbons all day.
Want to know something else? It is, unequivocally, the most difficult job I have ever had.
Yes, of course, there are perks… like being able to stay in my pjs all day if I choose, like baby snuggles in the morning, and naps in the afternoon. But it’s hard, you guys. There are no breaks, you’re on call 24 hours a day, and the diapers… dear LORD, the diapers. There are no lunches out with friends unless my nosey, high-maintenance coworkers tag along. Let’s not even talk about the paycheck.
And I don’t feel like I am wasting my education by any means. I’m proud of my degree. I worked my ass off to get it, thank you for bringing it up.
I wish I could impart all this information to you while we have our awkward exchange, but the truth is, you ‘getting it’ is not a priority for me.
Because they get it. And that is what matters.