For the first three years of my son’s life, this was how weekdays went: house to metro to daycare to metro to work to metro to daycare to metro to house. I felt like we were in constant motion getting everyone in the family where they needed to be at any given time. I loved my job and I loved the daycare where C went but the process of getting there and back made each day felt like one of those multi-sport endurance events. When I left my job two years ago, the biggest sense of relief I had was of losing the commute and the endless logistical juggling.
But leaving the paid workforce was not without its drawbacks. I went through a withdrawal stage of trying to get my emotional feet steady when I no longer had an affiliation to declare. DC is a career driven town and not being able to define myself in terms of the work I did was unsettling. Moreover, I was lonely. I had worked in a friendly office and I was used to lots of interaction during the day, especially at lunch time when friends tended to gather for a group meal. That was hard to lose.
I think at some point I will go back to work in an office again. I loved what I did and I have a lot of interests that only work can really satisfy. In many ways, I liked myself better when I was out in the professional world doing something that aroused a real passion in me. I felt better rounded. And when I asked readers to share what they liked best about being a working mom, many of them expressed similar sentiments. Working as a mom has enormous rewards as well an distinct challenges.
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