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Elizabeth & Julie
The Bright Maidens: Stay-at-Home Mother vs. Working-Out-of-the-Home Mother
|Baptism day for my cousin/godson|
But, sometimes throughout the school year and every summer, I yearned for a different lifestyle. I often felt so disconnected from community – not the college community, but the real world. Where were the kids?
My aunt and uncle live nearby with my four cousins, and during college, the kids were ages 6 to newborn. I felt so much joy in helping them out during the summer months. My days revolved around taking the kids to local park, letting my aunt rest after a surgery, reading stories and singing the Alphabet song, and I couldn’t have been happier. Of course, I sometimes missed socializing with friends and peers, but overall, it was a very joyous fit. [Now, if you are wondering, “Why didn’t you get into education?” my answer is, I cannot handle seeing kids be teased or not fit in. I’d wind up crying in the classroom.]
So when we talk about Stay-at-Home Mother vs. Working-Out-of-the-Home Mother, I will easily admit that since I was a little girl, I’ve dreamed of the first. My inspiration for this flows from my own temperament and the wonderful witness of my own mother:
|Amazing woman in center; little Trista on right|
And of course, I have to thank my dad for putting in so many long hours of work in order to support our family and allow my mom to stay at home!