Or Something


May 9, 2012 by themommahen

I was reading this post today about a SAHM who feels like she isn’t living up to her expectations on the homefront. Conversely, being on the homefront isn’t living up to her own expectations.

Funnily enough, I’ve felt this struggle during the past year-and-a-half. Those feelings usually bubble up when I’m trying to juggle several things at once (like a new puppy in the midst of everything else) or after several days home with sick kids (which has happened all too often this year).

And so it was on Monday, when H#1 was home from school again with the latest illness and after a morning of the same-ol-same-ol, but with a new puppy thrown into the mix, when I said to my mom,

“I feel like I should be doing something.

What did I mean? I don’t know. Some fabulous craft. Or outing. Or playdate. Something stimulating. Or exciting. Or amazing. Or. Or. Or…Something.

To which she replied,

“You are doing something. You’re doing something you used to pay someone else a lot of money to do.”

Indeed. Thanks Mom. I needed that.


2 thoughts on “Or Something

  1. Anonymous says:

    In the immortal words (to me, anyway) of my father, “do what makes you happy. That is the only measure of success.”

    Let’s talk soon. xo

  2. Larisa Spillman says:

    Our comments on one another’s blogs just crossed in cyberspace. Beautiful post today, missy. And I loved the one with the message from your dad.Yes, let’s definitely talk soon.

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