Friday, April 29, 2011

Take Your Child to Work Day

I learned (after the fact) that yesterday was TYCTW day. But little Maggie has actually been coming with me to work all month. Because my job is nice enough to let me do some part time work from home while I'm on maternity leave. I guess if they were super nice, they'd pay me to do nothing but squish Maggie's cute little cheeks. But still.

As a matter of fact, I just finished up for this morning (I helped with a webinar and managed to have minimal baby noises in the background. She is already so professional!) And now miss Maggie is sleeping peacefully and adorably in her K'tan carrier.

I've been thinking a lot about being a working momma lately. Staying home with Maggie, going back to work next month, facing the prospect of another wave of layoffs in the not too distant future...There is a lot of not working and working and possibly not working again in such a short period of time.

All this thinking reminds me of when I was in high school, talking to my European History teacher (whom I idolized and hoped to one day become...and still do. Wish me luck) about college. I told her how ambivalent I felt about deciding what to study in college, knowing it might become a moot point if I stayed home to raise babies. I don't remember exactly what she said, but the take home message for me was that (a) an education is never wasted, but more importantly (b) I could do it all! I was inspired.

That teacher went on to have twins (and then some) and earn an advanced degree and is now a COO of a really cool company. Because we are still in touch, to this day I'm inspired not only by her words but also by her life.

This fall, Hannah's daycare teacher taught her to sign "Mommy's at work." It was pretty cute, I'm not gonna lie. But it was a little bittersweet for me. I'd love to be hugging and kissing her 24-7. And that little sentence means that I can't do that. But as she grows up, that statement will take on even more meaning. One day it will mean that she will know that when she grows up she won't have to choose between a meaningful job and an adorable family. That she can support herself or her family if she needs to. That she has choices and independence. I'm sure she could learn those with a stay at home mom. And who knows? Maybe she and Maggie will have a stay at home mom in the not too distant future? But for now, I'm just going to have to give extra hugs and kisses every moment I'm with my girls. And hope that they never question their ability to do anything.

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