Oh wait. I think that day is today!
I mean really. My work is never really done. A vacation for me is running crazy races or a few hours away for girl’s night or a hot date with the hubs. And there are days I look around my house and I just don’t wanna. I don’t want to do the dishes AGAIN. I don’t want to wash any more laundry or change any more diapers or clean up any more toys. It’s not like you get weekends off in this job.
Back 100 years ago in my blogging history, I wrote about this exact feeling. It’s funny how some things don’t really change.
January 31, 2008 (The original post)
“I don’t want to go to work.” This is what my husband said to me on the way out the door this morning.
I heaved a big sigh and said, “I don’t either.”
We smiled at each other, knowing neither of us really had a choice. And off we went. I, to my day of never-ending chores and childcare, and he to the busy work world.
There are often days when I wish we could trade for a day. I could go out into the world and contribute to society. I could have adult conversations. I could go out to lunch and actually enjoy my food and go to a restaurant that doesn’t have a playplace.
Being a stay-at-home mom is no easy task. I don’t think it’s physically any more difficult than other jobs, but it’s emotionally more difficult. And it’s not a 9-5 gig. It’s 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The thing that makes it worthwhile is the long-term rewards. The joy of seeing my children grow up can’t be replaced by any job out in the world. And although there are days when I yearn to contribute to society in a more obvious way, I know that by staying home and raising my children, I am contributing. I am contributing to who they are and who they become. And I pray every day that I do this in a good way. I have nothing but respect for those women who do work and have to work. I know that many of them would trade places with me in a heartbeat. I know I am fortunate to be home with my children, but I think no matter your situation, there’s always days you wish it was different. And so today…I don’t wanna go to work!!
One thing I have learned over the years is to allow myself a break. Some days I just don’t. I don’t wash those dishes or do that laundry. It’s always still there for me tomorrow. My husband has also become better about rallying the troups when it’s obvious I am either all done or tragically behind. That helps so very much!
It also helps that my kids are cute.
I love squishing that face!
What do you do when you have days that you don’t want to go to work?