I caught myself doing it again; daydreaming about different jobs, daydreaming about working. This time it was rather funny. As I picking up the house after dinner, I glanced up and saw Nina from the Sprout Channel on TV. Nina hosts a nightly series of what I like to call infomercials for pre-schoolers on sign language, Spanish, and crafts. Giancarlo loves her. Actually, I should say he loves both Nina and her fat friend, Star.
(This clip is entirely too long, but you can check out Nina and her pals starting at about 1:00 minute into the video.)
Nina has a pretty great job. She talks to stuffed animals, is always in the same pair of pajamas, and entertains children. Since Nina’s job has many similarities to my own life, I thought, now there is a career for me.
I quit working two years ago this month. I guess it was at that time that I officially became a Stay-At Home Mom, except in my case, I didn’t know that I had acquired a new title until I started blogging some months later. As I quickly learned, many things in blogland have an acronym…LMAO, RLMAO. Even being a Mom that doesn’t work has a special word. However, that acronym I learned while reading dooce.com. On her “About” page, Heather Armstrong describes herself as a SAHM. (Actually, if you want to get really technical, she uses the description "Shit Ass Ho Motherfucker," which might be something I should look into more.)
I am lucky to be at home with my kids. To be able to keep them out of daycare is not a choice that all families have. If I am being really honest, though, I must admit that there are days that I miss the feeling of productivity that I had while working. It is difficult for me to find a substitute, even on our busiest playdate and activity filled days.
In the end, there are no perfect solutions. The balance that I strive for may not be attainable, but I am a big believer that life is what you make it. Therefore, if anyone from Sprout TV happens upon this post, know that I have a pair of playing card pajamas from Las Vegas that could really rock your Good Night Show.