In my adult life, I've enjoyed creative pursuits and I've been part of the corporate apparatus as well. All of it educational, some of it interesting. And I have been fortunate enough, in my little one's short life, to have the job title Mama, without distraction.
Lately, however, I've been sticking my pinky toe back into the professional world. Again I am able to count myself lucky, because the freelance writing work started to flow as soon as I decided I was ready to take it on.
But man, being a working Mama is tough! My focus is split. I am more tired than I can ever remember being. And sometimes, it seems as if I'm not giving either--my family or my writing--a fair shake. It takes discipline, focus and a lot of brute strength to be a working mother. At times, it can feel overwhelming.
So I thought I'd just take a moment to acknowledge all that we Mamas do in the home and outside the home to make our families run. I truly believe that the core of the family rests with the Mother. This isn't a slight to the Papas out there. Far from it. They make sacrifices of their own. And if they're good Papas, the sacrifices are all for the right reasons.
But it's up to us Mamas, at the end of the day. A Mama is the center of her family's wheel. Without her, most things grind to a halt.
So here's to all us Mamas. Whether we get paid for it or not, we're all working.