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Monday, June 02, 2014

I Prefer Domestic Dictator for Life, Thanks

In the past, my experience as a SAHM has been much like a summer internship, in that I do it in the summer, don't get paid, and the kids actually leech off MY benefits.

Right now, I suppose I'm still summer SAHMing, as it is summer and I'm a SAHM, but since I have no fall teaching position lined up, this could be my new life.

For. Ev. Er.*

But why look at it as a punishment when there are so many pros to being a SAHM?  Like:
  • Having this exact conversation a trajillion times a day: "Mom, where are you?"  "I'm in here!"  "Where?"  "Follow the sound of my voice!"
  • Getting to enjoy iced coffee that started hot and hot coffee that began as iced.
  • Enjoying the gentle urine-shower my legs get each time I take Caleb to the bathroom.
  • Being asked every ten minutes if they can have something sugary.
  • Relishing being the first one in the morning to discover the dog shit on the stairs.
  • Savoring each phrase that I say all. day. long. Like: "Shut the door!  You're letting flies in!"
  • Loving how each trip to the store -- no matter the store, no matter the number of original items on the list -- means that it costs twice as much and takes three times as long.
Of course, there's also the pleasures of:
  • Water balloons
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Watching them ride bikes while I sit and sip Diet Coke
  • Going to parks
  • The museum
  • Watching cartoons in the afternoon
  • Wearing sweatpants all day
  • Snuggling in the morning

And, there is a LOT of cuteness:

He's kinda cute too.

*Unless, of course, my Rent-A-Slide career backfires as well.

1 comment:

MCM Mama said...

I was an accidental SAHM. It worked out. Take this opportunity to find some mom's groups and a chapter of Moms Run This Town. Then, when you do go back to work, you have an amazing support system to help you out when you need it.

Enjoy settling in to your new area! And good luck finding a teaching position when you want one.