Wednesday, October 14, 2020

2020 Moms Are Pivotal In History

 It’s no doubt that we’re living in a historical time.

We as working moms are feeling even more pivotal. And I don’t think it’s talked about enough. 

Back in the 60’s it became a big deal for women to work. And now during the pandemic, women are not only working, but being caretakers and homemakers on top of it. We are combining the 1950’s housewife with the 2000’s career woman. The ultimate modern woman. 

Taking meetings with our two year olds climbing onto our laps, immediately muting the call in between each speaking turn, to ensure the toys clashing don’t make it into the background noise. 

Telling coworkers that afternoon meetings work best because it’s your toddler’s nap time. 

Finding chunks of time to assist our elementary kids with their online school. Putting up do not disturb signs at our desks so they know not to interrupt. 

Using small pockets of time trying to clean the house and cook meals. 

Then trying to make it outside for walks with other pockets of time.

And then with other pockets of time; wait there aren’t any. 

We head out the door just to go to target once our husbands walk through the door. 

We’re making history. The homemaker and the aspirational career woman are no longer a dichotomy; they’re one in the same. 

Is...this the new norm? Or is this going to be a story for our grandkids someday? Will this be our version of depression area stories? Instead of talking about all the weird, cheap recipes and saving bread bags, it’ll be talking about all the weird time saving hacks and working at midnight. 

While I acknowledge I have covid privilege, I feel resilient. This could be the new norm. And we need society on our side. 

It’s mentally and physically draining, but like I said; it’s pivotal. New territory. I don’t hate it. It’s just different and unexpected. I have found, and continue to find, all the little silver linings in every nook and cranny of our days. 

We’re a new type of workforce, whether we like it or not. And if we want our next generation to be strong, healthy, and intelligent, I’m asking again: Society, please be on our side.  

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