This whole not working lark is hard - I feel like I have lost my identity now that I'm not a teacher or a student and am 'just' a mum. Like I have to prove I'm still a rational, thinking person inside this body. Probably why I have to constantly keep myself busy with all my baking and making and other time-sucking, unnecessary (but satisfying) things.
Which is why I was so pleased to read this by Squigglemum yesterday. Today I gave myself permission to leave the groceries, unpacked, on the kitchen floor (I did put away the cold/frozen things) while I made an impromptu collage with Little Miss (4). What can I say - apparently the special sequins we'd found at the shops just HAD to be used right there and then. While I did it, I patiently applied glue, curled ribbon and looked for shiny pink things in the
Squigglemum's blog (along with a few others) is somewhere I know I can turn to - any time of the day or night - whenever I'm feeling a bit jaded about the world. When I see people neglecting their kids on TV or around town, I know I can go there and find a place where kids are loved and valued. And it makes me feel better about the contribution I'm making to the world through these little people. And regardless of what the world thinks about my time out of paid work, I can feel so lucky to have chosen this precious time at home with my greatest work, my children.