I find it ironic that mothers who work outside the home (like me!) are sometimes referred to as "professional mothers" while mothers who work exclusively at home (not earning income -- "just" being at home with their kids) earn the title, "stay-at-home-Mom".
Seems, actually that the latter category often presents themselves in such a way that THEY should be labeled "professional mothers". Some of them not only do a *wonderful* job with their kids -- they do -- but they also have spotless yards, perfectly decorated homes, 2.5 pets, AND find time to volunteer, teach Sunday school, exercise AND get regular mani-pedis. Some of them, in fact, have made staying home into such an elaborate job that they truly present themselves as professionals, with standards so high and schedules so tight that in fact they make the rest of us look a little. bit. bad.
Or at least lazy.
Not that I resent them. Oh, gosh, I wouldn't actually say that.
Who am I kidding? Yes, sometimes I would.
Yesterday, at my son's kindergarten soccer practice, a few Moms -- who clearly are close friends -- show up, put up a tent, a portable table, chairs for the kids (aren't they playing a game?) and chairs for themselves and then proceed to lay out a spread of fresh fruit, water or juice, and home-baked cupcakes, complete with a fancy tiered cupcake tray.
Professional mothers, I tell you. Very smart presentation. Highly organized. High client appeal.
Good lord. OVER. THE. TOP. If this is what they do for the second practice, what are they going to do at the end of the season?!
But then, sometimes I just "phone it in", or at least that's what I'm sure they would think of my just bringing a bottle of water for my kid and expecting him to wait until we get home to actually eat.
The practice is 45 minutes, folks, and we all live within fifteen minutes of the field.
I do think, however, that THEY, not women like me, deserve the title, "professional mothers".
Perhaps I should take notes from their blackberries...
- My interests include veganism and vegetarianism, health, ethics, politics and culture, media, and the environment. I have three kids; I teach college part-time, study piano and attempt to garden. I knit. I blog on just about anything, but many posts are related to my somewhat pathetic quest to eat better, be more mindful of the environment, and be a more responsible news consumer. Sometimes I write about parenting, but, like so many Mommy bloggers, my kids have recently told me not to. :) Thanks for reading.