Friday, October 9, 2009

What Do You Do?

Last night my kids' school had a movie night. My kids watched 2 minutes of the movie and ran around for the remaining 1 hour and 58 minutes.

I chatted with a few other parents that also made the mistake of attending this event. One mom I had met briefly last summer when our kids were in swimming lessons together. Now our younger boys are in the same kindergarten class. She asked what I do for a living. I explained that I'm a "stay at home mom." I hate the word "housewife." She talked about her job as a police office in the domestic violence unit. She had a lot more to talk about than I did.

Then I chatted with another friend who had recently hurt her feet and hadn't been able to walk for the last week. What happened to her? She was out in a boat with her husband and it capsized. She swam to shore and her husband couldn't make it. He was hanging on to part of the boat. She ran across a shore covered in oyster shells and cut her feet pretty bad. Then she got another boat and paddled back out to her husband and brought him back to shore where paramedics where waiting. They were both treated for hypothermia and she needed 10 stitches in her feet from the shells.

What I had I been doing in the last week? Oh, nothing, just listening to school nurses and teachers lecture me about pencil tip erasers.

And just to update my faithful readers on the pencil tip erasers (because yes, there is always an update). Today my kids built a mini golf course out of hot wheels tracks. They decided you have to purchase a ball to use on the course just like at the real mini golf place. And what does one use to purchase a mini golf ball? Why, a pencil tip eraser of course!


Anonymous said...

wow, that capsized boat story is insane.

I hear ya. Every year I go to my husband's colleague holiday parties and I have the exact same conversation....'what do you do?' "I'm a nanny"....'oooohhh' (as they turn around and walk away).

Michelle said...

Wow. Just wow. And while they may have more to talk about, I'd rather live your life.

Joyce-Anne said...

The woman who lost her huband in the boat accident is so sad.

I love the idea of buying mini golf balls with pencil tip erasers. I'm sure this is not the last we've heard of what you can do with a pencil eraser. Keep all the ideas and maybe you can write a book one day.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Someday when you are MUCH older, your boys will be millionares ---in a business making and using erasors. Mark my words!!!!! ha ha ha

Don't feel badly about your life. You have the most important job in the world--that of being a PARENT.

Glad that couple in the boating accident are both okay. Scary!!!

Lynn said...

I am trying to avoid asking people what they do for a living - because I don't like to think that what my work is defines me. So much of who we are is made of the relationships we have with others, the kindness we show, the example we set for our children, etc.

a corgi said...

your kids have great imaginations! how clever to use an eraser to purchase a ball :)

I know, that is the usual first question when you get to know someone "what do you do" or "where do you work"

Personally I think you are doing an honorable job raising 2 boys who highly favor erasers :)

seriously, it is very hard to be a stay-at-home mom but it does reap wonderful rewards

enjoy the weekend


Mama Zen said...

I know exactly what you mean. I always feel like saying, "what do I do? Everything!"

Talon said...

Don't ever feel apologetic about what you do - we are so much more than a job title. What we do isn't who we are. Besides, if we were to assign job titles to stay-at-home Moms, there wouldn't be enough paper in the world!

That woman and her husband were so lucky to have survived!

Who knew pencil erasers could provide such endless entertainment? lol!

MaBunny said...

LOL about the pencil tip erasers... so glad to hear the capsized boat story turned out ok. Could have been so much worse.

Snaggle Tooth said...

Obviously more valuable than gold!
Time to remove the eraser temptation!

You could always say you're a blogger... but being a Mom is a 24/7 full-time, important job that the fate of our country's future may depend on!

girlytwins said...

I would love to be able to say that I am stay at home mom. You may not have exciting stories to tell but your memories far out last any stories we have to tell.

Love the eraser updates :)