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Really? June 10, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — pandasmom @ 12:18 am

Yesterday John and I went out for about 30 mins with his co-workers for a drink.  Before we had children we used to do this all the time.  This time, though, I thought “this is really NOT what I want to be doing with my babysitter time”.  But I thought it was a good idea to mingle a bit more with his co-workers than I have in the last 2 years. 

I sat next to a very nice woman and we had a nice chat about nothing in particular.  She was a person that I could tell I could certainly talk to again at the Christmas party.  After about 7 minutes she paused and very intently asked me “So, what do you do?”  I really almost laughed out loud.  I know that John is much more private about having a child with special needs but for some reason I thought that this group might know that I was a stay at home mom.  I was the only spouse in attendance.  For some reason I had a bit of a hard time saying that I stay at home with our children.  Not because I am embarrassed about it but because we don’t just have 2 Gerber baby children.  Somehow I got it out that I stay at home and she said “Oh, that must be SO nice!!!!”  I quickly realized where this was going and I took no offense to the conversation.  However, I was completely shocked.  This woman was at the most 5 years younger than me.  She wasn’t 21.  Then she says “Well, how are you enjoying the break?”  It was really hard not to laugh.  But I know that my face must have had a look of disbelief on it because she quickly said “well, I’m sure it’s a lot of work”.  And then I understood her perspective when she said ‘”it is so cool that you are there during their formative years.  I never had that because both of my parents worked”.  But I’m pretty sure she thinks this is just a hobby of mine.  I’m still laughing about it today.

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