Job Worth

Since I quit the working world eons ago when I was 9 months pregnant with my firstborn, Mondays have been the start of a quiet week. If by quiet you mean taking care of a newborn, then a toddler, then a toddler and a newborn, then four kids, a kennel full of dogs, and a business.

I'm telling you, there are definitely days when I know it would be easier to work than deal with the running of the house. I'm not complaining, mind you. I've chosen this profession and I love it. I just find it ironic how everyone thinks the grass is always greener, you know? Those in the working world long to stay home, and those who are house-bound long to get out.

Everyone always complains what a busy, crazy, tiring day they had. It doesn't matter if they've worked at the sewage plant, at the law firm, or stayed at home with the kids. And we all think that surely someone else's job is easier than our own.

Everyone puts in more hours than they're originally slated for. I do think that moms have the upper hand in this one though. It's a 24/7 job, and call is every single night. Some moms have a willing husband to help with evening hours or night shift, and that's a bonus.

Nobody is appreciated for what they do. Not the McDonald's drive-through cashier, not the mailman, and not the mom.

Everyone has days when you work like a dog and get absolutely nothing done. Everyone hates those.

Everyone garners a paycheck. Some more than others, and sometimes not always in relation to how hard one has worked. Stay at home moms earn one, too. Theirs is in sticky kisses and bear hugs. While it's nothing that you can buy groceries with, it's enough to make you get up and do it all over again the next day.

My job rocks.

13 comments:

Jennifer said...

Love this. So well-expressed and oh so true. Everyone is busy, everyone is stressed. We ALL deserve a raise!! :)

Michelle said...

And I love that you love it -- and know it. You're right about the grass always being greener. But right now mine is brown. Really brown. Here's hoping you get some time for you soon, too. That's always key!

Viv said...

Very, very true. Having worked outside the home with children 1-5, I know that what I miss most is adult conversation. The kind that takes place sans children cutting their eyes and saying,"can we go NOW Mom?"

The Sports Mama said...

Did she cut her hair?? Because the short little layered look I think that I might be seeing up there? Would be too, too cute on her!!

caramama said...

I think staying at home with the kids is a way harder job than mine! Plus, you can't call in sick.

Kudos to you and other parents who stay home!

Roger said...

I have no doubt that Jenni works harder than me, and also gets better payment than I do (hugs and kisses, etc). I only complain to try and keep up and make her think that I have it rough at work, when in reality, I have a pretty easy (mostly boring, but pays the bills) job. Okay, that's not true, I complain because I'm a man and I need some sympathy. :)

Nap Warden said...

We all deserve a raise...I can get behind that;)

SunflowerMom said...

It's so true! I may be covered with odd sticky spots on my clothing, not wear make up, have gray hairs springing up from a need-to-dye head of hair, but to 3 little people I am awesome and beautiful. I'd rather have my job than any other.

Domestic Goddess (In Training) said...

Thanks for that post! I quit the work world when I had my first son, and now number two (which is not supposed to sound like poo, but I now see that it does and must change how I refer to him) is 14 months old. I have these hectic and stressful days and sometimes wish I never decided to be a SAHM. It was easier running a national staffing firm!!! But, you are right... the payment for this job is unmatched by any other, and my son's bear hug today was worth it. Thanks for the perspective.

ParkerMama said...

I love, love, love being a stay at home Mom too.

But right now I could sure use a way to make a wee bit of income while I stay at home. sigh.

Tammy and Parker
http://www.prayingforparker.com
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Karen Deborah said...

AMEN!! you said this very well. I for one appreciate the sticky kisses part instead of the abc food.
tee hee

your an awesome mom, would you adopt me?

TUC said...

Love the pic... and this post is right-on!

Fishsticks and Fireflies said...

You are right . . . the hours are long, the bosses aren't always nice, and the grass is always greener. But the pay . . . oh, how I love the pay!