For some time now I have debated about going back to school. My husband and I have had many talks about it, but in the end I have always decided not to go back. Primarily because I was…am….too afraid of missing something with my kids. Even so, there has been this gnawing ache in me to go back. Quite frankly I have wanted to go back since I graduated. Now twelve years later nothing has changed except that I am older.
I look at my sister-in-law and my cousin who are both young mothers and are in school. They amaze me how they juggle it and make it work. The funny thing is I think no matter what, if you really want something, you make it work, and you find the time. I know it isn’t going to be easy. I am not going to be able to snap my fingers and poof have more time, but I do think if it is important to make it happen. I know that there have been times I missed things with my kids. I didn’t get to see Liam give his first love in preschool the handmade card he made for her (but I did sit with him the night before while he made it). I did not get to see Ava at her dress rehearsal for her recital last year (but I took her to every class, picture, and was there for the day of the recital). I will always have time for the extra hug before I run out the door in the morning. I will always be late to work to miss my kid’s holiday performance at school. In the end the important thing is that I am always there for them. Every night my husband and I end the night with our kids saying how much we love them and no matter what we will always love them.
I know I can give myself the easy out on why not to go back to school and it would it be a valid excuse. But here in lies the problem. I want my kids to see their mom as a happy, fulfilled, ambitious, hardworking mom. It took me a long time career wise to be in a place that I can say I am happy. And while everyone’s definition is different on what fulfills them and drives them, for me it’s going to back to school. So this momma in the next year besides writing in her blog, selling her Avon, going to work, and soaking up every moment with my kids and husband, will also be studying for the GRE’s. No more excuses. It’s time to hit the books.