Wednesday, March 20, 2013


So my daughter, Alice (who is seven) thinks I have a job. I volunteer in the school library each week during her library hour. Here's the thing: every time she comes to the library, I'm there. So in her head, I must always be at the library.

So when we were having dinner with friends she said, "My mom has a job now."

"She does?" They seemed surprised I didn't tell them.

"Yeah, she works in the library." And then Alice runs off to play.

But the funny thing is, it is kind of like a job. It's the one time a week I have to be somewhere at a certain time. And I'm almost always late and my husband and the rest of my kids make fun of me that I can't be on time to my job, which--incidentally--is once a week at 10:00 am (volunteer, of course). So all week I gear up for that one hour. It's the one day that I worry about my wardrobe. Do I have the right shoes? Should I curl my hair? I know, pathetic.

This is not to say I'm not busy. I work really hard at home. But I guess at home, no one cares if your hair is curled or if your shoes work with the rest of your outfit. And I said to Dustin yesterday, "I like working in the library. I think I could do it as a job."

And he said, "Well, you could do anything for only an hour a week."

Sigh. "No, I mean a real job."

"Why would you want to do that? You'd have to curl your hair everyday."



  1. So funny how we get accustomed to life at home all the time. My poor kids and husband are probably so sick of seeing pajama-mom me. Maybe I should curl my hair--just for them. ;-)

    1. I know. The truth is, the second graders don't notice if my hair is curled either. I could probably show up in pajamas and they'd be like, "Cool."

      Still. It's something.

  2. This is the reason I don't have a real job--the curling the hair thing. Writers can wear PJ's all day and no one but the mailman will ever know. Lol.

  3. This is great. Love the family interactions that you share:)
    I rarely have the right shoes and I can't remember the last time I curled my hair. Hmm...maybe that's why I don't have a job either:D

    I know what you mean about that one time that schedules your day. Wednesday (when I have piano students all day long) is the most stressful for me. I have to make sure, not only that I'm not wearing pajamas, but that my house is clean and my kids are still getting their schooling in. Makes for a crazy time. But there is something satisfying about teaching. Still, I couldn't do piano lessons full-time, but be a librarian (one of the cool ones, of course), I've thought about it plenty.

  4. This is a really well written post! I enjoyed reading this very much.