Monday, February 11, 2008

How the Other People Live . . .

I am blessed with a work schedule that allows me every other Friday off. This is time I get to volunteer at my children's school and have afternoon dates with the hubby. It's like a gift from above.

This particular Friday I decided to stop by the local Starbucks after dropping the kids off and before volunteering. I was shocked how many moms I ran into there and I could feel myself turning green with envy, thinking,

"They get to do this every day."
"They get the joy of female companionship every day."

Working full-time has it's pros and cons as does working part-time and being a full-time homemaker. This little peak into the other side was pretty intoxicating. But, no, I wouldn't trade my career for it or my husband who currently has the best work/life balance of any man I know. And I'm sure that the women I shared coffee with romanticize my position too.

Anyhow, my hat goes off to any woman who can stay with the kids and make a home for her family. And if she gets to enjoy coffee with her friends as a reward once the kids are in school, well, she's earned it!


yertle said...

It is interesting when you get glimpses into the other side. I think the hardest part is figuring out what is best for you and your family in the sea of so many different choices. They all have their pros and cons, and you just have to trust yourself to find the best place for you. Glad you feel happy with your decision for you and your family.

Sierra said...

I am the other side and nearly in tears now just thinking about how ungrateful I have been. I am one lucky girl to be able to enjoy my time with my sweet kiddo and not have to fight for a living.
Don't get me wrong,I fight plenty with potty training and working up the desire to the dishes and straighten things up for the umphteenth time today. But it is the fight that I chose and I should be more grateful that I had the opportunity to do so.
Thanks for reminding me to be grateful.