I was filling out some forms recently when I came across a field to enter my occupation. I wanted to enter “Professional Mom.” In the past, I might have joked about being a “Domestic Goddess,” but seriously all that the role of a Mom encompasses should not be ridiculed. There are many occupations a Mom fulfills such as comforter, nurturer, diaper-changer, baby feeder (this was my job the summer of 7th grade at a neighbor’s who had infant twins), nurse, chauffeur, advocate, meal planner, Room Mom, cheerleader (even at sporting events when it’s 50 degrees and raining) healer of hurt bodies and hearts, playmate, confidante . . . . this is just the tip of the iceberg –- not nearly enough room on the form to describe the occupation of a Mom, so I guess Professional Mom will have to suffice. Even though I work part-time at home now that my kids are older, I still feel like my “Mom” role is my true vocation. It’s an ever-changing, ever-evolving role that has taught me more about myself and life than I could ever have imagined.
And when it comes to the question of industry? I’d like to fill in the blank with “LIFE,” specifically the Department of Raising Children (to be compassionate, responsible and generous adults who will make the world a better place). Unfortunately, all that won’t fit on the form.
I just want to acknowledge Moms for all they selflessly do for their kids and families. We may never know how far-reaching our love is, but we always know it’s the most important thing!