The typical questions are often asked of me when meeting someone for the first time: birth location, marital status and current employment status.
"I'm a stay at home mom."
"Good for you!"
I never really know what people mean when they tell me this. Are they really that impressed that I change dirty diapers and clean toilets?
I'll be honest, I wanted to be a stay at home mom for my son's first year. I didn't have a job anyway, and there was no maternity leave to worry about.
My son is 20 months now, and it looks like I'll be a stay at home mom (SAHM) for a bit longer. Probably indefinitely at this point since the number of employment opportunities is somewhere between slim to none. Much closer to none than to slim.
I know part of me should be entirely grateful to be home with my son, and I am. Another part of me feels like I wasted almost 7 years of my life in university. I worked very hard to get my B.Sc and my M.Sc.
I feel I have yet to have an actual career because I've never worked at any job for more than a few years. It isn't like I switched companies to do the same job. I have worked in high tech, fitness training, environmental consulting, drug prevention and one actual chemistry research job. Each for a few years at a time.
I'd be happy to create myself a job, I just don't know which direction to aim. Maybe I should just work on being a better SAHM.