It isn’t everyday that I focus on the word ‘lucky’. As I live my life, I do try to direct conscious thought to being grateful, however, I am not always successful. And the day to day existence of parenting, with it’s ups and downs, challenges and triumphs, sometimes doesn’t leave me with a lot of room for extra ‘thinking’.
Fortunately, there are people I encounter, who are good enough to remind me that I am, in fact, lucky.
I have had the opportunity to stay at home with my children. Despite the fact that my husband and I decided this was the right decision for our family, for our children, it has definitely not always been easy. But, I was reminded today, that this ‘opportunity’ is one some other mothers wish they had. At a birthday party today, I was aksed by another Mommy, “Do you get to stay home?”, my nod and “yes” prompted a sigh and a wistful, “You’re so lucky.” You know what, she’s right.
I am lucky that I am able to do what I thought was important for my children. Some Mommys work because they want to. I respect that. There are days I wish I was outside the home too. Some Mommys work because they have to – and they would rather be home with their kids – my mom did that. I am lucky that we had the choice.