It has been a week since I last updated. So much happens in so little time. At least, it feels like a lot happens. Maybe it doesn't. Maybe I think too much. That seems to be my common affliction.
I should quit whining. Wherever you are, dear reader, I hope you are well and that God is growing and blessing you.
Today I worked on my persuasive, so here's how it looks right now. As always, your thoughts and ideas are VERY welcome.
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts…”
~William Shakespeare, from the play As You Like It
Life is indeed like a play. It is a comedy, a tragedy, a romance, and confusion, sometimes all at the same time. As you go through the play, you begin to see more order and it begins to make sense. But there are times when you, the actor, seem to be in a hurricane.
One of the biggest, most life-changing acts in the play is adolescence. It comes after birth and childhood, which set the stage for this scary act. The main characters in this play are the teenagers, but the other main actors are, surprisingly, the teenagers’ parents.
Let us meet the cast before we examine the script of this play and see how the presence of interaction between the main characters is crucial for getting through this scene safely and setting the stage for the next act. Finally, after we have watched the play in its entirety, we shall evaluate the performance and the script and try to perfect this story so that there is hope for the next generation.
Going behind the scenes, we meet some impressive people who will play the parts of mother, father and teenager in this act. Mom and Dad have distinctly different jobs and yet are considered one joint actor called “the parents”. The teenager is separate. Both the parents and the teenager have remarkably difficult jobs to perform, and both require quite a bit of work to do well.
Let us start with Mom. My mom is what people call a stay-at-home mom. What is her job description for this play? In Mom, You’re Incredible! (pp. 23-24), Linda Weber quotes a fan of Ann Landers:
I’m so tired of all those ignorant people who come up to my husband and ask him if his wife has a full-time job or if she’s ‘just a housewife.’ Please print this letter and shed some light on this sorely under-valued occupation. Thank you. Here is my job description.
I’m a wife, mother, friend, confidante, personal advisor, lover, referee, peacemaker, housekeeper, laundress, chauffer, interior decorator, gardener, painter, wallpaperer, dog groomer, veterinarian, manicurist, barber, seamstress, appointment manager, financial planner, bookkeeper, money manager, personal secretary, teacher, disciplinarian, entertainer, psychoanalyst, nurse, diagnostician, public relations expert, dietitian and nutritionist, baker, chef, fashion coordinator and letter writer for both sides of the family.
I am also a travel agent, speech therapist, plumber and automobile maintenance and repair expert. During the course of the day, I am supposed to be cheerful, look radiant and jump in the sack on a moment’s notice.
From the studies done, it would cost more than $75,000 a year to replace me. I took time out of my busy day to write this letter, Ann, because there are still ignorant people who believe a housewife is nothing more than a babysitter who sits on her behind all day and looks at soap operas.
If I could afford to pay someone to do all the things that I do, I would be delighted to go back to working an eight-hour day with an hour for lunch and two fifteen-minute breaks.
What do I get out of my job in the absence of a salary? Joy, happiness, hugs, kisses, smiles, love, self-respect and pride in knowing that I have done a full day’s work to ensure the physical and emotional well-being of those I love.
Now if you still want to classify me as just a housewife, go ahead.
Really, there is even more that goes into a stay-at-home mom’s job than even this woman could list, but it will do for now. Telling of a mother’s job and how important she is would take up entire scene.