During Project Book Babe one of the questions that was asked of the panel was: When did you know writing had become your career? Shannon Hale had a great answer. She said, “It isn’t my career. Being a mom is my career.”
I’ve always felt the same way. I’m a mom first. I hardly did any promotion or travel before my kids went to school all day. If truth be told, I didn’t do a lot of writing before my kids went to school. It was mostly done during nap times, favorite kid TV shows, or sitting beside soccer fields pretending that I cared which way the ball went.
Sometimes I forget this though. I imagine we all do. We have a goal to get xyz done and our kids seem to be the thing standing in the way of getting xyz done, so they seem like a job-hinderance instead of our real job.
But today I’m remembering. Being a mom is my real job. I will make cupcakes for my daughters class, and take another daughter shopping for the shorts she needs, and make dinner.
I can’t complain. All in all it’s a great career.
2016 Update: The pictures of my children have disappeared from this post. That is because one is a Youtube personality now, and he doesn’t want pictures of him when he was younger floating around. Yeah, I know it’s still there on the web anyway. But whatever. Sometimes being a mom means you put up with stuff. I forgot to mention that in my original touching post about being a mom.