Happy Mother’s Day!

I had vowed not to use my blog for anything but art.  But then today when I fired up the thunderbird, the first thing I saw on my yahoo home page is how much a mother would earn if she were paid.

First of all, motherhood is not a JOB.  It is a gift–just ask the women who would–and do–just about anything to have a child.  Everything I do as a mother, I do out of pure, unselfish love.  It has to be, because if it were a job, I could have refused–or outsourced– the ones that involved cleaning up stuff that was loosed from bodily openings!  An old Arabic proverb says, ‘All sunshine makes a desert'(don’t quote me exactly, but you get the gist).  Yes, even motherhood has some less than beautiful moments.  A very small price, if you ask me.

And secondly, which follows next with a job is PAY.  Yes, it is all of a child’s ‘firsts’–words, steps, school, and on and on.  But I really earned my pay on the days and nights that I held my children and cried deep, gut-wrenching sobs over young love’s broken heart.  The jobs that are being priced are those everyday, day-to-day functions, and while very essential, to me are menial when I compare them to the resources that I have to access at those times.  You cannot put a dollar amount on that–even at psychologist/psychiatrist scale.  Don’t even try.

Thirdly, if it’s a job, then you have to have QUALIFICATIONS, besides biological.  This presents some problems on 2 levels–first, who is going to enforce it, and secondly, what about a person’s rights.  Government is too big and to inefficient–especially with something this important.  And if you’ve had any dealings with our criminal justice system, you know that the criminals have more rights than the victim.  And I’m going to stop here–you can follow my thread, however.

And lastly, since you have to have qualifications, you have to have some type of EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE.  The only schooling that I know(and correct me if I’m wrong,and yes, I know about carrying an egg around for 6 weeks, well, they’re trying…)is after the fact.  After an abuse/neglect conviction.  The only kind of experience you get is on-the-job-training, and there is nothing–not to mention any prior thought–to prepare for a child that is challenged.  And if any mention is made, you’re labeled negative.  Or worse–wishing that on them!  It’s brutal honesty, which is another perk of motherhood!

But, wait a minute!  If it’s a job, then a mother could get FIRED!  Or, and this is too big for me to wrap my mind around–QUIT!  And what kind of BONUS could you give your mother?  Yeah, you try to wrap your mind around that!

So, you see, motherhood just does not meet any of the parameters of a job.  Quit denigrating it by trying to put a price on it, because it is a priceless gift.  Oh, and Mother’s day is everyday.

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