Illustration by Stu Nami
To every Mom (or, yes, Dad) out there who has ever walked into an airport to leave on a business trip with a kid shrieking insanely in the car: I feel you.
To every Mom who has endured the massive day-before-the-business-trip-pleeeeease-don’t-gooooooooo, kid-hanging-on-your-leg guilt trip: blessings and peace to you.
To every Mom figuring out every day how to get ready for the business trip, write a meager 200-word blog post, walk your kid to school, walk the dog, get your work done, get to yoga class or the gym, get more work done, get to an appointment, get the rest of your work done, eat well, watch How the Earth Was Made with the kid, pack for tomorrow’s 6AM business trip, maybe spend 30 seconds with your spouse, ensure that the house is left in reasonable shape and the fundraiser invitations are taken care of: Godspeed.
No pity parties here…certainly there are people with harder lives. Just empathy and admiration, for you, and all you do. I see you handle your juggling act with apparent grace and am in awe of you. I also know you must have your moments, out of the public eye, when your heart is being torn out and stomped on. Even though you LOVE your work, and are uber-excited about the business trip. Because you love your kid more than all the rest of it put together.
I salute you.
How do you do it?