I'm losing my identity this week.
For the past six years I've been a stay-at-home mom.
Yes, I've done other things as well. I've written blogs and books and whatnot, but, as much as I'm loath to admit it to people I've just met, "mom" has been my main identifier.
"Mom" is the reason my house is a mess. I couldn't clean it because the kids needed me.
"Mom" is the reason that book sits half-edited (OK, one-quarter-edited).
"Mom" is the reason I don't feel pressure to socialize when I don't want to.
"Mom" is the reason there are cheese puffs in my kitchen.
"Mom" is the reason the Skylanders game is constantly at the ready on the PS3.
"Mom" is the reason the dog never gets walked enough.
"Mom" is the reason I didn't make it to the gym yesterday.
"Mom" is the reason for these ratty yoga pants.
"Mom" hasn't just been an identity, it has been an excuse. And now, for seven hours a day, it's an excuse I no longer have.
If you're a stay-at-home parent and all your kids are in school, perhaps you might want to see Guardians of the Galaxy or one of the other great movies you missed this summer. Check out Hammervision's Summer Movie Superlatives post.
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