And what is it that you do?
And that right there, those seven little words are enough to make a conversation with me at least stutter if not grind to a halt dear imaginary reader. Truly, honestly, no word of a lie. As I have noted before speaking with new people (depending who they are to be specific) is usually an ok thing for me, but this one question is a stumper!
I know that may seem strange but my first response in the past no matter what I was doing for gainful employment was “I am a Mom and I also do.....whatever”. I am going to be 57 next week, when I give that answer these days I get a few looks ya know. You can almost see the words flashing through the mind of whom ever the poor unsuspecting soul(s) was that asked the question. Does she mean GRANDmother? Has she had a few too many? Is she having a moment? How do we get away.....
Seriously dear imaginary reader, I get it. But no matter what job I have had or may get in the future being “just a Mom” will always be my number one position. To be clear, it is my belief that my role as Mom/Ma/Mother and I am sure on occasion (though they would never admit it) B*tch, is the role that has prepared me the most throughly for what true adulting was going to throw my way. True with my Mom’s and brothers health issues there were a few things that got right up and in my face at an early age, but other than that oh yeah, and the guy who puked in my lap on the way home from the College Bowl while in High School, I was pretty lucky. I as a Mothers Helper for a few years during the summer, they had a house cleaner and I had every weekday afternoon off to head to the big smoke to indulge my favorite past time. That was it....until I held the boy, maybe just maybe I had held a baby once. Well SURPRISE!!!!
It I were looking for a job (which I am not), thanks to my children and ok, TLOMIL my skill set is pretty full. Ok, Ok, Ok, B*tchin AF. (Sometimes I kill myself..can you hear my chuckling as I slap the ole key board?!?). I am an organized, skilled manager and mulitasker (I just don’t necessarily get my kids name correct anymore while mid task but that is “just a Mom” thing. My scheduling abilities are easy applied to a multi person/multi activity calendar, which can be changed and updated to all in a flash! I am a team player, able to lead, coach and be the bad guy when required. Research flight/hotel/house/car, purchase and schedule said arrangements...already done (fingers crossed I get to go and play tooo!!!!!). Need info without using Google Home, I am your chick! Know lots of info about random things that can be used to influcene or just confuse the heck outta people, yip! Any candidate must know their way around Microsoft Products..ya, ya, ya...any mother can. Though no questions about excel - we have had an irreparable falling out. My abilities to mediate and negotiate are above average, though at times I have been known to perhaps laugh a bit if one of the wronged parties smirks. Just a wee issue I am sure!
You get it right? We Mom’s are Jill’s of all trades and master of none. I have worked some in some tough situations over the years, but this one, the “Mom” one, it takes the cake. It rakes you over the coals, flies you to the moon, make you shake with tears and beam with pride. It is definitely the most difficult and yet the best thing I have ever done in my life. And to think, I never thought I would have kids. Ooooooo...those pooping, crying, demanding for the rest of your life things? WTF?? No Way!
Ya way; so at my advanced age I will still answer the what do you do question with Mom first and on a confident day add blogger to my list (can you hear the shaking that goes with that one dear imaginary reader?) of things I do. Love ya kids...all of you!
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