This morning in Tennessee we woke up to snow. Soon began the squeals of delight and hounding “snowman” requests from my five year old, Timothy. Snow is somewhat rare here. There is a lot of rush-to-the-grocery store and stay-home-if-you-can type hype, but rarely enough snow to make a good snowman.
I recently left my day job to be a full time mom, so I am now able to stop and breathe and enjoy mornings like this. We are on Spring Break this week, so we sat at the table and watched the beautiful snow out the window, and we had chocolate chip cookies for breakfast. We are health conscious and take good care of ourselves (especially with health plans not being what they used to be) but sometimes a little treat is just in order. Trust me, everybody was happy!
So far during this bad weather Spring Break, we have made cookies, had a “trying on clothes” party to clean out Timothy’s closet, danced in the kitchen and have written books. Our books consist of several pages of drawn dragons, dinosaurs and sounded-out words written on printer paper, and taped together on the side with tape. I couldn’t be more proud!
It makes financial sense for me to work and I don’t fault anyone that chooses to do so. When deciding whether or not to go back to work, I often wondered if being a mommy would be enough of a sense of accomplishment for me. It is a lot of repetitive work, with the “thanks” coming much later that I would like, and it can sometimes get lonely when you’re surrounded by little people.
But then I get to have conversations about all of the crazy, outlandish things that Timothy is passionate about. I know about every possible species of dragons and dinosaurs there are. I know who the characters are that he talks about on his favorite tv shows, and his little friends at school. I hope that by listening to ALL of the little things, that it gives me credit for the future when he needs to talk about the big things.
And I get to take in all of the delightful baby laughs and smiles from my 3 month old son William as he watches us.
Stay at home mom is rarely a glamorous job title when meeting people. It may not be forever, but my being home is definitely for now, and though every day certainly isn’t watching a beautiful snow out the window, I will at least be here to experience it all. And enjoy fabulous cookies! I highly recommend the jumbo chocolate chips.