Today’s writing prompt over at Champagne to Crayons: 28 Days of Celebrating Thanks is Day 12: A Job That I Am Thankful for. I am going to be honest with you, I almost had to skip this one. I don’t mind working but, I can’t say that I’ve had a job that I just couldn’t wait to get to every morning. Granted, different jobs had their high points, but over all, they were not what I was interested in doing. Looking back, I don’t think that I really knew what I was interested in doing. After my son was born I quickly realized that I needed a good paying job with medical and dental benefits that I could afford, so I randomly chose to pursue a career as a paralegal. I do mean random, because although I was a Journalism major, jobs in that particular field are hard to come by and I had no idea how to go about doing so. At the time I was living with my sister and her husband, who were both lawyers and after seeing a television commercial for paralegal training, I thought, “I could do that!” That was it. I took out a loan, went back to school and spent the next 15 or so years bored out of my mind. However, I did manage to earn a decent living, I had good benefits and I created a fairly comfortable life for me and my son. Additionally, I gained an invaluable skill set (research anyone?) and I met some of the most amazing people, some of which I am fortunate enough to still call friends. Since having a personally fulfilling career wasn’t something that I felt was important, it was all good.
However, after some thought, I realized that I was over looking the obvious. I do have a job that I love more than any other, that of a Domestic Engineer (i.e., SAHM, house wife, homemaker…whatever you want to call it). Make no mistake, this is a job. Whether you do it full – time or part-time, it is a job. At times it is as emotionally draining as it is emotionally fulfilling. Sometimes at night when I finally make it to bed after homework and cooking…and girl scouts…and dance…and laundry…and errands…and PTA stuff…and whatever else there was, I can’t remember a time when I was more physically exhausted. I love it! I even love those mornings, at 3:30 a.m., when I realize that it’s Thursday and their class shirts are not clean so, I jump out of bed to put the load of laundry in knowing that I will never be able to fall back to sleep. Big Poppa doesn’t even notice that I’m missing, but it’s okay. It just provides me with another opportunity to do some internet shopping. It’s best that he be kept in the dark. I love it when my grown children ask for advice then ignore it. Only to later, begrudgingly admit that I could have had a point. Or the way that they ask for new bed pillows as if Target won’t allow them to purchase one with money of their own.
Some have even tried to put a monetary value on the role of Domestic Engineers (http://www.businessinsider.com/value-of-stay-at-home-moms-2013-5) and while I think that it’s a great tool in bolstering the validity of the role of a SAHM, I think that the whole debate is ridiculous. Really, there is no way of placing a real dollar value on what parents do because so much of it is intangible. It’s priceless, really. No paralegal position has ever given me a moment more memorable than seeing my daughter’s smiles when I come to volunteer in their class rooms. Or, more satisfaction than I felt when every single Barbie clothing item, shoe, and accessory was finally organized and put away. Or, when I fix a meal that EVERYONE likes (hardly ever happens). Or when I manage to get everything done on the list for the day, plus a few extras…SCORE! No, nothing that I have ever done during my career out side of the home could ever be more important to me or more fulfilling than what happens in my home with my spouse and children. Yes. This. This right here is a job that I am truly thankful for.