Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Pangs of Envy

As I walked Luke to school this morning (after driving most of the way there), I experienced pangs of envy as I watched petite, svelte moms dressed in their yoga and tennis clothes drop their kids off. Wearing not a single drop of make up, they sip on their coffee, smooth their workout-ready coiffure, and waive their perfectly groomed children off to school. I don't often envy the stay at home mom. After all, she stays at home with children when they're sick, she cleans, cooks, irons, plays referee to the fighting children, takes in and picks up the dry cleaning, organizes all birthday parties and school events, dresses the kids, brushes their teeth, gardens, picks up toys over and over and over again, makes the beds, organizes closets, etc, etc, etc. But today, on this beautiful morning, as I walked into school wearing a bedraggled, unflattering work outfit, hair pulled back unattractively, I realized that, at least for today, I just wanted to be one of those women who had time to work out and look attractive while wearing my tennis outfit and not a lick of makeup. Sadly, and somewhat reluctantly, I pulled myself into my SUV, dabbed on some powder to cover the circles under my tired eyes, and then drove to work, wishing I could just go back home, sip some coffee, and then go to a yoga class. Does anyone else feel this way?

Geez, do I sound melancholy or what?

5 comments:

The Potters said...

Um, hello!!! I think 99.9% of working mamas out there feel this way! Ugh I got so teary-eyed reading this, because I SOOOO feel your pain. :( Now, instead of working on answering some stupid federal complaints, I wish that I could be home with my baby girl!

But nevertheless, we do what we have to do. And remember that the grass is always greener...

Joan said...

And remember they are envious of you, getting to leave the house and interact with real live adults instead of the neighbor or the people on TV.
Sounds like you need a mental health day. and a bottle of wine.

Jess said...

I feel your pain too. I wish I could stay home almost everyday. But, I know that you make the most out of the time you have with the kiddos. Quality to me is more important than quantity. I know I would not be the best mom if I was home all the time with my kids. I do wish I had more time to work out though...that is always the first thing to go for me.

lisawitt said...

oh girl, i second everything everyone else said....especially recently! matt got laid off and would give anything to be working...and im working away and would give anything to be the one at home! darn that greener grass on the other side ;-)

Theresa said...

Thanks girls. I needed that.