Without getting into a diatribe about the plight of the working mom and how no one will ever understand our woes and Debbie Downer cries of “waaaaaah waaaaaaah,” I would like to say simply: it’s not easy. Especially when your son attends a school where the majority of moms don’t work, or at least, are so involved in the minutia of the school it appears as if they don’t work/ need/want to work and the joys of planning a bake sale or book fair pales in comparison graduating from Yale Law. This is not to say that those women, some of my favorite, sweetest and dearest friends, to be exact, aren’t brilliant and capable of work… it’s just that… well. They. don’t. work. And. I. do.

Lately, Jonah has been asking me about this… “Why do you work and the other mommies don’t?” There are days I’d like to respond by saying, “Because they’re lucky bitches.” But, of course, I refrain and offer a very matter of fact and confident, “Because I am a writer and I tell stories. That is my job. Some mommies work. Some mommies don’t. Your mommy works.” Often, I throw in a “I like to work” bit in there too because even though there are (jealous) days that I wish I didn’t HAVE TO, the truth is, I do LIKE to. I like to work. And I want Jonah to grow up not only proud of me but see an example of a strong, smart, and professional mom…. To know that I have a full a life… To know that mommies and daddies can have careers, goals and passions and love their family equally.
However, the tricky part about my job is that it’s not a one-liner. So to try to explain to a 4 year old about why I can’t pick up from school today and what exactly I’m doing at work… in a world called “Digital Media” and “blogging” and working as a “spokesperson” or “brand ambassador” and how I’m connecting it all with “social media…” blah blah blah… Um, yeah. It’s not so cut and dry….. and apparently NOT sooooooo veeeeeeeeeeery important or impressive according to said 4 year old anyway…. see job description below….

Actually… the kid might be on to something. I do type letters. Which does lead to sentences…. Which does lead to stories… It’s simple and precise. On that note, I think I’ll keep this typing to a minimum. I have work to do. 😉

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