For years I have had to justify the importance of my life, mostly to myself, because the majority of society seems to think that because I do not hold a paying job outside of the home it means that I do not work.
I have internally struggled with this since my daughter has gone back to school. It does not help that other people on numerous occasions have thought it alright to tell me as such. Well this is where I justifty my time and then you can make the decision as to whether or not I "work".
Since the day my daughter was born I have been a single parent half of the year. My husband flies away for work. For her entire 15 years of life (minus 3 months) I have lived in a town without ANY family to support me or even watch her for an hour so I could just go grocery shopping in peace. I have been jealous of so many of you over the years.
When my daughter was 4 years old, we moved out of the area I grew up in to an entirely different province and while my hubby still continued to go to work out of town, I was left to be a single parent alone there without knowing ANYONE.
I started driving my daughter out of town twice a week for a couple of
years just so she could play volleyball at a higher level. Unfortunately
for the past two years my daughter has struggled with a medical
condition that no doctor can seem to figure out what is going on and the
doctors visits are non-stop and ongoing. Hence, she is no longer able to play competitively.
I have started volunteering every winter for a local Christmas charity that delivers toys and food to families in need. This year there are over 70 families. I am the Toy coordinator and have to make sure that each family gets presents, games, winter wear, toiletries, books, etc. While this doesn't sound like much, it is now December 17th and I have not yet been able to start my Christmas shopping because of the time I have put in because of it.
I have given my time to numerous town events like working long late night hours making volunteer
I helped to set up and organize a fundraising
Gala for our local fire department, and also photographed (alongside my husband) a fundraiser trail ride for Breast Cancer. My daughter and I have also taken the time to run the cookie station at Christmas in the Park for the kids.
Oh....did I mention? I have Multiple Sclerosis. I've had it since my daughter was 11 months old. By taking a little time for myself to workout I have managed to keep it under control. However, I never know one day to the next what challenge I may have. Like today for instance my right hand is numb which makes just regular jobs a little more difficult. So while I do all of these things, I also don't have a housekeeper, a nanny or a gardener..... Wait...I have Green Drop. Ok cancel that But.....
I shovel the driveway, mow the lawn, scrub the toilets, clean the fridge, do the shopping, wash the windows, wash the floors, do the laundry, etc etc etc. Mostly done while my hubby is away so we can spend quality time together when he is home.