Recently, I was in one of those awkward getting-to-know-you situations where someone asked me the question, "So, what do you do?" I didn't see it coming. Last I checked, I had stay-at-home-mom written ALL over me. Definite awkward pause as I bumbled over my thoughts. The only thing I could think is, how do I even begin to explain what it is that I do? So, of course, I resorted to, "Oh, I'm just a mom." I hate that. Ugh. Why, oh why did I let that fling out of my mouth?!? I'm not just a mom.
For starters, being a mother is the purpose of my life. These little people bring me more joy than I ever imagined possible. To put it simply: I adore being a mom. Plus, I'm pretty good at it (if you ask me). My kids get plenty of hugs, kisses and encouragement. They get a bath every day, healthy meals, plenty of exercise and more play dates and fun outings than I should admit. I teach them manners, kindness, and all sorts of academic things, too.
In addition to my main job as "just" a mom, I also take on freelance editing jobs, design and run my own stationery business, take on numerous wedding projects, write a monthly how-to article, maintain my blog (somewhat) regularly, design retail window displays, teach jewelry-making classes, and occasionally hire out as an event planner/caterer. Oh, and if your kid wants to learn to tap dance, I could teach that, too. How, exactly, am I supposed to categorize all of that? And is it even worth trying to explain to people?
Now that you've endured the rundown of my resumé, my main question for all of you out there who are "just a mom" is:
How do you respond when people ask you what you do?
I definitely need a better response.
And a note to all of you just moms: You are beautiful. You are smart. You are funny. Nobody on earth works harder than you. Even though much of your work goes unnoticed, you are more important than you give yourselves credit for. Keep up the great work. And while you're at it, do something nice for yourself today. You know you deserve it.