Yesterday really brought home why I need something to change around here. My son had a rough few days, getting kicked by his PE teacher in a rousing game of capture the flag, followed by a late night futsal game with no subs, left him unable to walk the next morning. So should I stay home and miss a couple important meetings, which won't get me fired but will drop me lower on the totem pole in a job I struggle to embrace? Or do I send him with dad to the doctor appointment? I have my parents, too, so I know I am very lucky, these issues are minor compared to the juggling acts of single moms or those with no support from their work. Later on I find out my husband needs to leave by 3pm, and since they have a birthday party at 5:30 he can't take the kid with him. Due to some serious miscommunication he neglected to inform me he'd actually taken the injured child to school, so both kids were safely ensconced in their after school care. I didn't find this out until I rushed home by 3, proceeded to cram in a little work then high-tailed it back to work to meet up with interviewee for my alma-matter, my one volunteer activity beyond school. Other than having to wrap the gift in the car, things went relatively smoothly after that.
While I'd love to have the option to stay home right now, my ultimate wish would be to find a job I love, which, as long as I'm in a fantasy world, is flexible enough to allow time with the kids. The kids are finally old enough to join their dad at his work as a soccer coach, which is wonderful, but I do get a bit envious sometimes. In the meantime I'll count my blessings, try to make a good impression at the job I am lucky
to have, and get these darn kids to clean up their room.
*That's Work Out of the Home Mom for my TLC challenged readers.