Thursday, October 6, 2011

Southern Veg Mamma? You Bet!

Today I decided to share because I had one of those lightbulb moments "Lady O" always talks about.  While talking to my very talented sister, whom I know is the best makeup artist in the world, I realized that we have two very different paths.  Now most folks may say "well of course, you guys are two different people!"  But for the first time I see that she is the career mom and I am at home mom.  Now secretly, I have always wanted to be the career mom because that's shows people one's worth.  "Wow! She works, and cooks and cleans, and takes care of the house, and leaps tall buildings in a single bound!" Well, not really, but you get the point.  Supermoms are our heroes, they do it all and when they fall or breakdown, it's o.k.  they are entitled to.  On the other hand, the at home mom, be it stay at home, homeschool, or work at home, may not always get the same love.  Oh, and don't have a degree or even an advanced degree and choose to be at home,  that's just downright lazy!  Now we all know that's not true, but because our foremothers fought for the right to work and have equal opportunities why oh why would a woman want to go back to being at home?  For some of us, our calling is to be at home, our passion is our family and in talking to my sister I realized,  my family is my passion.  I get a kick out of organizing and motivating my kids and husband.  I cherish my morning walks and gardening with a naked 2 year old in the summer.  Hearing my son whine about doing his math drills?  Not a problem,  we have a list of objectives and drills that has helped him up his speed to 100 problems in 5 minutes.  I get a buzz from watching my family grow and no other outside job has given me that rush.
My sister on the other hand loves her makeup artistry.  She draws eyes in her spare time with elaborate makeup colors.  She has picture upon picture of her work plastered on Facebook and without that passion in her life, she doesn't feel that she is the best mother she can be.  I honor that, I respect that, and the reason I can is because in my prayer and meditation I've finally realized that God's infinite wisdom knows who to place where.  The problems surface when we all want to be placed in the same box as everyone else.  As we all know, it doesn't work that way.  Some of us are country mice, some of us city mice.  Some of us career mom's, some of us at home mom's.  No matter the choice, it's all good.  Southern Vegetarian Living suits me just fine!

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