I am so glad I don't work, because even my foot-loose, fancy-free lifestyle of playing all day has me dropping into bed dead tired every night.
Like we didn't already know this, stay-at-home moms were once again told this week that they have never worked a day in their lives. I'm here to prove how true this is:
- Balancing a family budget that actually has to add up in the black each month is infinitely less challenging than running up corporate debt, and then depending on dishonest business practices, credit, bailouts, and bankruptcy to take care of the mess. Stay-at-home moms know nothing about "real world" finances.
- Teachers, cooks, childcare workers, maids, chauffeurs, nurses, landscapers, handymen, buying agents, housekeepers, nannies, counselors, judges, secretaries, consultants, librarians, bookkeepers, nutritionists, laundresses, etc. etc. are all worthwhile occupations, so long as their labors are bestowed on strangers outside the immediate family. Dropping my own kids off in school while I myself teach a classroom of kids would be very noble - unfortunately, I am just a stupid and selfish homeschool mom, though.
- Being awoken at 3 AM to a child throwing up all over the floor is nothing. I mean, every job keeps you on the clock, 24/7, with never a day off, ever ready to leap out of bed and jump right into action on more nights than not. Who in the working world is not required to scrub floors, change bedding, and start a load of laundry in the middle of the night, all with minimal lighting, and as silently as possible, so as to not disturb all the people sleeping peacefully?
- Speaking of being sick, it is a common workplace hazard to be nauseous and throwing up for weeks and months on end as part of any job. Just think of workers who have to clean up chemical spills and radioactive disasters. Yup, this is no biggie - all good workers everywhere deal with this minor inconvenience.
- Most of all, because I have never worked a day in my life since getting married, I don't know what a real paycheck looks like. To me, it's just this...
Yup, what do I know, anyway.
If stay-at-home moms have never worked a day in their lives, then working moms have never been a mother for one day in their lives.