I will kick off the series “Pen > Paper > Heart” with: “Letter to a Working Mom”:
Dear Working Mom,
I see you here every morning, at our favorite over-priced coffee shop. We get here at the same time and you always order the same drink and breakfast sandwich. You look so well put together, you must “have it all!”
The stick figures on the back of your car tell me that you are married and have three small children, oh and a dog.
Your suit and heels indicate that you work for one of the big fancy firms downtown. You definitely have your own office, and maybe even a small refrigerator.
Your hair and makeup reveal that you have style and probably someone to help with the kids in the morning, or maybe you get up before 5:00am to blow dry your hair. If only my hair looked that nice – ever.
I watch you, I see the sadness in your eyes, and I wonder… Dear Working Mom, do you really have it all?
When you win a new account at work, but your daughter does her Christmas play without you in the audience, do you have it all?
When you have dinner meetings in fancy restaurants, but come home after your kids are in bed, do you have it all?
When you worked all weekend on a report, and you missed your son’s soccer games, do you have it all?
When you wear new suits and expensive shoes, but you don’t have time to decorate your house, do you have it all?
When you travel to exotic places, but your milk supply drops due to stress, do you have it all?
When you go with your daughter’s class on a field trip, but you miss an important conference call, do you have it all?
When you stay home with your sick children, and have to cancel the regional seminar, do you have it all?
When you take your son out for breakfast on his birthday, and you then forget a big meeting, do you have it all?
When your children cry for you to stay home on Monday morning, and your boss yells because you were late again, do you have it all?
Please tell me, dear Working Mom, do you even WANT it all?
Sincerely, A fellow Working Mom
This article is part of a new blog series called “Pen > Paper > Heart.” (click the link to read additional letters from the series). I have always enjoyed receiving and writing letters. In an attempt to keep the art of letter-writing alive, I have recruited some great bloggers to help me fill this space with their own heartfelt letters. Over the next several weeks you will be introduced to some new as well as veteran bloggers, who enjoy putting the pen to paper – and have their words go straight to the heart! If you want to get in on the fun by being a guest blogger, please contact me for further details – the more the merrier.