Recently, my coworkers (actually they’re more like friends, but coworkers sounds way more official) nominated me to be one of our company’s Working Moms of the Year. There were three categories; Rising Star, Woman of Achievement and Change Maker. I was nominated for Change Maker and I have this to say about that.
ATTENTION ALL WORKING MOMS (and dads, for that matter):
Is “Change Maker” not the most perfect description for our daily existence or what? We are literally changing ourselves, our schedules, our minds and our pace every minute of every day.
I wake up and change the sheets because someone peed in the bed.
In the car, I change the song on the radio to make sure everyone has had an equal say in what we listen to.
I change the lightbulb in the fish tank constantly because no one heard me yesterday or the day before or the day before that when I said to turn it off in the morning because it burns out quickly.
I plan oodles of excursions and vacations so my kids can experience a change of scenery.
We have 12 remote controls in our house and one is always dead. I change the batteries.
I change the subject when Grady tells a woman at the supermarket, “My mom’s getting snacks for her adult movie night.”
I change seats at the restaurant until everyone is happy with their designated spot at the table.
I change my phone to vibrate when Annie Bea tries to Facetime me during a meeting to show me the giant poop she just made in the potty.
I can change my tone from happy to angry to serious to silly in the blink of an eye.
And if there’s an emergency at school or a child with a fever or it starts raining 20 minutes before a pool party, I can change our plans on a dime.
Yep, us parents are definitely Change Makers. And even though a lot of these changes drive us to drink, we love what we do. We wouldn’t change it for the world.
P.S. Happy #changemakermonday to every Working Mom and Dad out there. That includes the stay-at-home ones – because let’s be honest, I’ve been there and I know you’re busting your asses. That’s why I made the change and went back to work. 😉