I used to work for a financial firm in the middle of a metropolitan city, and I was surrounded by a sea of aggressive, loud, cursing, and crude men. Most of the women who worked there, like me, were their assistants or some other support roles. I recall a time when one of the women recently returned to work after her maternity leave. It was her first child. I couldn’t wait to talk with her because at that time, I was 4 months pregnant with my first son, Gabriel. I caught up with her on the elevator on the way home and gave her an enthusiastic, “Welcome Back!” I asked her about her baby and then said, “You must miss your baby a lot, now that you have to be back at work.” She smiled and said, “Not really. I actually really missed the guys here.” I was speechless after that and was just glad the elevator door opened, and we went our separate ways.
I know being a mom is hard, and those first few months taking care of a baby, when you have no idea what you’re doing, is indeed tough. But still … how can a sweet-looking newborn compare to a bunch of financial brokers??
Some mothers have to work outside the home to make ends meet. Some moms stay home, where work is still required. Some homeschool all day, while others sacrifice many evenings helping kids with their homework. Moreover, a mother has to wear many hats: doctor, nurse, chauffeur, detective, judge, maid, chef, teacher, principal, coach, banker. But there’s only one hat that will fit perfectly and will never be removed. She will always be MOM.
To all you Super Moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day!
(Photo credit: Eduardo Merille)