Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hey, I'm a Working Mom

Hey random co-worker in the elevator whose eyes are judging me.  Give me a break.  

I’m a working mom.

I know I am a few minutes late.  But, I am late because although I was awake, I just couldn’t get out of bed this morning.  

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I know I have hummus smeared on my dress and I smell like garlic.  But, my daughter requested hummus and carrots for breakfast, so that is what we had.

I know my lunch bag doesn’t scream “professional” 

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and I know the contents are a poor excuse for a lunch, but sometimes throwing a few items in a bag is all there is time for.  

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I know that my bulky gym bag is in your way and you can likely see my sports bra because I didn’t even take the time to zip it closed, but lunch time is the only time I have today to squeeze in a run and running keeps me sane.

I know I look frazzled and a mess now as I start to face the day.  But, meet me in the elevator this afternoon on the way down and you will see the biggest smile on my face as I practically run out the door because I get to come home to this. 

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So, judgey-eyed stranger, I am a working mom, and have obviously not found the perfect balance between work and home yet, but every day I get a little closer.  Meet me here in a year - I will probably still have hummus on my dress.

10 comments:

Lauryn Massey said...

You make me laugh! You are a wonder woman! You managed to get out of bed make a nutritious hummus breakfast, eat it with your sweet little daughter, get a day in at the office and run at lunch...well done to you! :-) That is a lot better than most (including me) ;-)

Anonymous said...

YOU WILL FIND AS YOU GET OLDER THAT YOU DON'T CARE WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK. YOU CAN'T PLEASE EVERYONE AND YOU ARE DOING WHAT IS GOOD FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND NOT HURTING ANYONE IN THE PROCESS. YOU GO GIRL! YOU HAVE YOUR PRIORITIES IN THE CORRECT ORDER...GOD, FAMILY, FITNESS AND FUN:)

Anonymous said...

I have been following your blog for a while now, not sure exactly how I came across it, probably from googling "running" and "mom" about a year ago while I was pregnant ;). I decided to leave a comment for the first time because your post today brought tears to my eyes. That first picture is just beautiful, cuddling my daughter is my favorite thing in the entire world and you captured it in a stunning picture. Second, I can relate to every word you said today. Being a mom is the best thing to ever happen to me, but being a working mom has been the biggest struggle for me so far. So thank you, thank you making me feel like I am not the only one who deals with dirty work clothes and inadequate lunches just so I can cherish every minute that I have with my amazing little girl.
Sincerely,
A working mom from Maine :)

Anonymous said...

Dear Racheal, I love this post! I feel like this most days, particularly being a single mom of two beautiful girls. One day, that person judging you may just know where you come from. And if not, he/she misses out on oh-so-much. Love your blog, keep on going. Perfection is totally overrated. Love from Switzerland, Evelyne

Jessica said...

Great post! Brought tears to my eyes as I thought of how happy I'll be to see my little guy tonight.

Racheal Kendrick said...

Ha! No Wonder Woman here, just trying to do my best, which is better some days than others. Thanks for your support. :)

Racheal Kendrick said...

Very true! Thanks for the comment. :)

Racheal Kendrick said...

Aw, thank you so much for reading and commenting! Cuddling is the best thing in the entire world and I try to get in at least 2-3 minutes every morning. Take care! :)

Racheal Kendrick said...

Thanks Evelyne! I am glad you agree that perfection is overrated - ha! Also, I was thinking later that maybe they weren't "judgy" eyes, but sympathetic eyes, thinking, "I have been where you are." Who knows?

Racheal Kendrick said...

Thanks Jessica! I hope you had a great night with your little guy!

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