Motherhood. It's not all that glamorous & there's not much credit given to it today.
Want to know something funny, but true? I spent 15 years in the Marine Corps & was deployed to 2 different "wars", yet when people tell me how they are in awe of the heavy burden of responsibility I shouldered, or thank me for my service to our country, what I really want to say is, "Thanks, but you think THAT was hard, you should really try this stay-at-home mom gig!! It's a HUGE responsibility & sometimes I wonder if I'm really up to the task. To raise up these innocent, precious little people to become kind, loving, hard working big people; to ensure they will contribute as much, if not more, than they take from this world, & doing it with love. I can't think of a greater service that I could provide to the world than raising my kids in a manner such as they might one day help make it a better place... And to do it all with my hair somewhat brushed, my pants on straight, & my shirt right side in!"🙄
No, the Marine Corps was NOWHERE NEAR the hardest job I've ever had; it is being a stay-at-home mom in a world that lends it little-to-no value. But it is also the most personally rewarding. Before you think I'm taking anything away from working moms, know that I absolutely am NOT. I also know what it's like to be a working mom, having to leave your child every day, or in some cases... such as the military... for weeks or months at a time. For some it is a reprieve, for others it is an absolutely gut-wrenching experience born out of necessity. Honestly, I've experienced both emotions... so I really do get it. But as a working mom I was often credited with being Superwoman or some other flattering title, while stay-at-home moms are often scorned and condescended to, like they obviously must be lazy, unwilling to work, or obviously too uneducated to obtain decent employment.
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