I did two things today. This morning I met my girlfriend at our town lake and spent a few hours in the sunshine just hanging out and playing in the water with Leah. In the late afternoon I took Leah to her first ever dance class. It was a huge success and she really enjoyed it.
I bring this up because I overheard a conversation while watching Leah at her dance class. Apparently most of the people (parents of the kids in class) worked full time. There was one guy who works as a sales rep from his home office and his wife works in New York City. They have two young daughters. He was saying that his wife leaves the house at 6:45 a.m. to catch a train and doesn't come home until around 7 p.m. He works until about 6:30 p.m. when his nanny leaves.
Right there it hit me how incredibly lucky I really am. Instead of sitting on an overcrowded train this morning, I snuggled with my daughter. I got to dig holes in the sand instead of sitting through another corporate meeting. My husband, daughter and I sat down to a meal together and talked about our day.
I understand that for many families it is not an option to have one parent stay at home. Single parents must work to provide for their children. And for some, a fulfilling career is not something they want to just give up.
Some days being a stay-at-home mom can be overwhelming. There have been times that I just can't wait for Joe to get home so I can high-tail it out of here. I guess that sometimes you just need a gentle reminder about how fortunate you really are. I'm a stay at home mom and I wouldn't have it any other way.