A Word from A
Fork in the Road"
1999, by Cheryl Demas
In the past, we were told that we would
be able to have a career and raise a family. We could Have It
All. We believed it. We got our education, got our jobs, and
then, we had our children. And many of us discovered that if
this is what Having It All is like, maybe we don't want It All,
I came to a fork in the road
a few years ago and decided that I would follow my heart, and
follow the "motherhood" route. I'm thankful that working
at home has allowed me to continue working, because I actually
enjoy work too. However, as much as I like my home business,
I can't imagine a job that could give me the satisfaction I get
from raising my girls.
And that's the good news. I've
found that motherhood isn't a one-way street. I'm getting back
so much more from my role as "mom" than I'm giving.
I know people always say that being a parent is the most difficult
job there is, and there are challenges, but I can't imagine anything
else I'd rather be doing.
My 5-year-old summed it up for
me as she was getting ready for bed the other night. She asked
me, "Mom, what would you do without me?" I thought
about our bedtime stories, hugs, "I love mommy" notes
and the laughs we have together. That night, as I watched her
sleep, I thought the same thing myself, what would I do without