For the past few weeks I have had to undergo a variety of medical tests. Most medical technicians, if they're any good (IMHO), learn to make small talk to fill the time and make their patient feel less stressed. Without exception, each of the very kind medical personnel has had a conversation with me that went something like this ... "So where do you live?" "How many kids do you have?" "How old are they?" Then without fail ... the dreaded "What do you do?" comes up. As if being a wife and mom and caring for my home isn't enough to do!
When I was a much younger wife and mom and homemaker, that question used to make me frustrated and sometimes angry. How dare they question my "value"?! As I've walked further along in my journey, I've learned that most folks aren't really making a conscious judgment about my worth, and my value really doesn't come from their opinion of my life choices. I also stumbled across a standard "response" in the early days of my homeschooling that made me chuckle, and served to boost my self-confidence on those days when I really wondered if what I was doing had any real value.
What do I do? I am the administrator/instructor of an exclusive, multi-grade academy designed for the express purpose of enhancing genius and maximizing potential in a select group of creative children. And what is it that YOU do?
Each time that saying circulates around again, it makes me smile and gives a little boost of encouragement. So what do *you* tell people when they ask what you do? Are you annoyed by the question, or can you answer with confidence?
As you invest time in your children's education, and their lives, this week ... give your self a job performance rating of A+ and be encouraged that what you do will have an eternal impact in their lives, and the lives of your grandchildren and great-grandchildren, etc...
Still on the journey ...
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