On Wednesday Everett approached me with a school form in his hand. He asked if he could spend the day with me on Thursday because it was Take Your Child to Work Day. My immediate response was one of sarcasm as in “Oh, right – you just want to get out of school!” Followed by the demeaning thought that well, I don’t have a job. This was confirmed by Marshall who blurted out just that *snort* “Mom, you don’t have a job.” Luckily my brain kicked into gear and I proudly told Everett, “By golly I do have a job, a very important job as a matter of fact! And I would love to have you spend the day with me.” I filled out his form which had lines for two signatures – one for the parent, and one for the employer. Guess what? I signed both lines, because I am my own boss. Don’t you even think you’re the boss of me Mr. Smoothpebble!
We started off the day with instructions on how to start the dishwasher (where the powder goes, and what setting to put it on). Then we moved on to ironing. He learned how to properly iron a dress shirt, pants with pleats, and other things. I must admit a little trill of glee escaped my lips when he started to get frustrated with the wrinkles and such. And at one point he actually had a little hissy fit and had a moment of ironing rage. What can I say, I burst out laughing and then so did he. I restrained from saying something like “So, you think it’s all fun and games do ya???”
Next he helped me hang laundry. Dang I think every day should be Take Your Child to Work Day!!
We unloaded the dishwasher, he cleaned a bathroom, mowed the lawn and worked on his book report. And we still didn’t get to everything on my Stay At Home Mama to-do list. While we worked I also explained to him our philosophy of why we felt it important to have a parent at home while we raised our kids. That we wanted to raise them ourselves and not have a daycare provider raising them. With me being home we feel I’m better able to provide my family with good nutrition and to be available for all of those little moments. Also, that even though they are all in school now it’s as important as ever to us to be available to go to track meets and field trips and get them to their sports practices, etc. and to be around for the multitude of conversations, and to not feel like we try to cram all of our parenting into a few evening hours. Please, please, please don’t be offended by this if you are a working parent. Because I have the utmost respect for those of you who work and work at home too. I just wanted to impress upon this young man that being a mother and taking care of ones family and household is a noble job. Who knows maybe he has a little different perspective after spending a day being a “House Frau”!