I am just a mom and so I choose to be
For a life full of expectations looks up to me.
I attend a midnight call to soothe him back to sleep;
Just like Doctors do, for a life depends on him.
Italian, Chinese or Continental I learnt to cook
Reading a recipe or a good cook-book
To feed my little one to the best of my ability;
Just like the Chefs do, for fame and humility.
I build tall buildings of lego blocks
And lay out tracks for the trains that never stop;
Just like the Engineers do, to keep the bustling city cheering 'woo-hoo'.
I read out loud making funny face, point my pencil to the end of the page;
Just like the Teachers do, to teach my angel a word or two.
I splash some colours on a canvas grey
To encourage two tiny hands to join in the play;
Just like the Artists do, to express themselves without much ado.
Yes! I am 'just- a- mom' and I proudly choose to be
It's enough for me,
Until I mould the life that has born out of me.
(- by Pratima)
A Stay-at-home mom is always plagued by one standard question by all her working peers,
"So what do u do?" " U r just a mom, not working anymore?"
And its from a personal experience I speak. At first I was embarrassed then guilty about not going out to work and pursing my career I worked so hard for. But then as time passed by I realized what I would have missed out on had I joined work soon after my son was born. Just bringing a child to world is not enough, the main “job” starts in actually raising one. Of course I should mention that I had the privilege to choose to be at home, where many don't. But what is so bad about this choice that stay-at-home-moms are so looked down, as idle housewives when it’s the toughest job in the world… not time bound and totally undefined KRAs under High pressure and stress levels.
JUST- A- MOM eh??
Stay-at-home is a choice, just as being a breadwinner; some choose the former, and some latter depending on the priorities and circumstances you are in. In either case nobody should have a right to question the other except yourself for you know what is right for you and your little one. I have made mine and I am not embarrassed neither guilty anymore for I know my talent ain't going anywhere, its just a new dimension to my ambition.