DISCLAIMER!!!! PG-13 LANGUAGE INCLUDED IN THE FOLLOWING RANT
I just applied for an online job and I had to submit a resume. Let's just say, besides being a college graduate, I really have nothing else going for me on paper. I was so frustrated when Michael and I were sitting there trying/struggling to make me sound good.
My work experience in the last 7 years has consisted of retail, restaurants and gyms. I majored in history and lets be honest, there isn't much you can do with a history degree. I know that I am smart enough for most online jobs but it is so hard to put that on paper when you have the "work experience" I do.
The next thing that is so frustrating is that I can't include any of my real accomplishments. Things like, oh I don't know....
Pushing two bowling ball sized children out my hooha.
Making it nine months, TWICE, without peeing my pants while said bowling balls juice pressed my bladder.
Salvaging an overused nipple without stitches or medical intervention.
Cleaning the poop off of two or more butts everyday for years.
Surviving on roughly 4 hours of interrupted sleep for months while simultaneously cooking, cleaning, paying bills, losing weight and dieting.
Surely you are getting the picture with the mommy stuff but how about what came before that? Things like....
Putting my husband through medical school by working 40 hours a week serving douche bags sweet tea, Bud Light and deep fried entrees. All while taking at least 15 credit hours every semester.
I know that I haven't technically received any awards since I graduated Young Women's. I know that my idea of community service is making a meal after a baby is born or helping clean the chapel on a Saturday. I know that I can't speak any other languages besides "Jackanese" or "Mommy Instinct". I know that keeping a house orderly, clean and running is not really like being the CEO of a major corporation. I know that managing to get both of my kids down for a nap at the same time during the middle of the afternoon is not like being a scheduling manager.
I know all of this, I do. It's not the same but somehow, it's similar, harder even.
I am awesome. Every mother is. It isn't fair that we don't get the recognition that someone who works might because the things we can put on paper sound like a joke in the outside world.* You really have no idea how close I was to listing the bowling ball line under accomplishments! I mean really! It's hard!
I still haven't heard back from the position I applied for and I will most likely get the job but still....You have to admit it's annoying that my skills aren't considered real "skills" outside the home. That's my beef.
*On a sidenote here, I am not saying I want to go to work and have a real job and I am not condeming anyone who does. Just so we are clear.