An Open Letter to the Working Mother

Dear Working Mom,

I’d like to thank you.  I know that quite often, the working mother is vilified for one reason or another.  In light of seeing some of the comments that my fellow stay at home moms have made to separate the divide, I feel that it’s important to acknowledge what you, the working mother, are doing for me.

An Open Letter to the Working Mother (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Wait.  Did I just suggest that the efforts of the working mother are benefiting me, even though I am no longer included in your ranks?

I did.  There are a lot of ways that I benefit from the work that you do outside of the home while I am in the home doing the stay at home mom duties that I do.

To the working moms who are our hairstylists and sales ladies: Thanks.  Seriously, without you, I’d be better served by staying in a closet and never, ever letting anyone see me.  I don’t have the confidence to rock the ‘fro, so I’ll have to continue to rely on your assistance in order to look moderately presentable.

To the working moms who educate our children in the school system: Thanks.  I know that some of you would probably be perfectly content to use your education to create the world’s best homeschooling curriculum and fill your own child’s head with the benefits of your knowledge.  Instead, you stand in front of twenty to forty children at a time and try to teach them.  You use your education to develop our future, and you do it on a shoestring budget.  You sometimes miss out on doing things with your children for school activities because you are in a classroom with other people’s children.  It’s a sacrifice.  It’s appreciated.

To the working mothers who are also our doctors and lawyers: Thanks.  I sincerely hope that I will not need your services, but I am glad that you are out there.  I’m glad that I can point you out to my children as examples of what women can do.  Women are no longer in a position where they just have to look pretty and limit themselves to stay at home mom duties.  Women really can do anything.  To me, you ladies are the embodiment of this truth.

There are a thousand careers for working mothers out there.  Some require a higher degree.  Some are entry level jobs.  Regardless, you’re valuable and necessary.  Some of you are working because you want to.  You find your jobs fulfilling and rewarding.  Some of you are working because you have to.  Your income is crucial to keeping your family afloat.  Regardless of the glamour (or lack thereof), careers for working mothers are needed and appreciated.

Thanks.

Sincerely,
Suzi

Originally written November 19, 2010.  I’m still a stay at home mom, and I still appreciate the moms who work outside the home.

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About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

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