I’m very proud of my single working mom, and always glad she had more to occupy her than my settling down and having babies- most of my friends’ moms seemed to pressure their kids, and I felt it was because they were bored housewives- and I decided to put my career on the side, and take up odd freelance work, because I still felt the deep yearning to simply be with my mother. She was always so busy. We did a lot together, but just being together, for her to be fully present, was a rarity. Still is in fact. And I am also aware of the praise and value my mom still gets for being a working mother, whereas I sit through misconceptions of being a ‘stay at home mom’ or ‘house wife’ etc. Mixed feelings. It’s hard both ways.
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