For stay-at-home, work-at-home moms, there are many advantages to what we do while there are plenty of disadvantages, as with any job, of course. While we get to be there for every crawl, step, and first pee in the potty, we miss out on some of the “adult” stuff that normally come with an office job — like gossiping with our co-workers, brushing our hair in the morning, and putting on clothes that aren’t pre-stained with spit-up or your kids’ markers.
And while it is pretty cool that your cafeteria is your kitchen refrigerator and that you don’t have to worry about your supervisor giving you shade for picking up your daughter from preschool in the middle of the day, it does get pretty lonely. While on most days I put in a good six hours of writing in front of my computer, I try to stay connected with the outside world with social media, but let’s be honest, that’s not the same thing as going to the office and accidentally listening in to your co-workers talking smack about an advertising exec in the bathroom while you wait it out in one of the stalls or when it’s your turn to do the Starbucks run and you totally mess up everyone’s orders just so you can go back and do it all over again (and waste company time!). I kid. But seriously, what is a working stay-at-home mom to do when longing for some adult conversation during the day? You turn on the TV! Why worry about missing out on being in an office when you can just bring The Office to you?
On a typical day when my older daughter is at preschool and I am at home with my 2-year-old, naptime for him means The Office time for me. Thank goodness I have the antics of Michael Scott, Dwight, and the gang to entertain me when needed because it is background noise that I sure do appreciate, and on most days need. The bizarrely un-screwed co-worker, the crazy cat lady, the weirdo from human resources, I mean, you couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried. Oh, wait.
My real co-workers might be thousands of miles away from me in different states, but my Hollywood replacements sure do bring the “oh no you didn’t say that” factor on occasion. And for someone who sits home all day to make a living, trust me when I say that it’s needed. While many people might be thankful for cheaper gas prices, Pizza Fridays or BOGO deals at Dunkin Donuts, I’m just happy I have my Dish Network satellite provider that allows me to DVR every episode of The Office just to remind me that it’s been years since I’ve ironed a white shirt, and that’s ok.
But if I did work at a paper company in Scranton, Pa. I would so be dipping my hand in Kevin’s M&M jar whenever he wasn’t looking, and especially on the days that he would have the peanut butter ones in there. Just sayin’.
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