This is a response to the Amy Glass post titled "I Look Down on Young Women with Husbands and Kids and I'm Not Sorry" found here.
I was just apprised of your perspective on SAHM's. I read your thoughts. Here are some of mine.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Finance at the age of 19. I worked in Banking for four years until I purchased and built a National Franchise with my husband for the next four. I ran the sales side of the business, which had an annual revenue of over $1,000,000. I received a $1300 a month allowance to lease the Mercedes Benz of my choice as a result of my accomplishments from our Franchise Headquarters. After we had our first child, it became apparent to me exactly what you said, "The dominate cultural voice will tell you these are things you can do with a husband and kids, but as I've written before, that's a lie. It’s just not reality. You will never have the time, energy, freedom or mobility to be exceptional if you have a husband and kids."
I agree that I could not do both well because of the demands of that role and because I missed my daughter. I wanted to be able to be with her when she was sick or when she said her first words. All of the material possessions that our culture tells us are "must haves" or will give us our feeling of self-worth were not as important to me as she was/is.
You talk about major accomplishments. I can tell you that all the sales goals that I hit were immediately forgotten the next month when the new goals rolled out. My children however will be greatly influenced by my everyday actions and will be remembered long into the future. The way that I do the laundry. Do I complain when they wipe their nose on me, or do I quietly teach them to blow their nose? Do I help them resolve conflict or just yell at them and tell them they need to figure it out? I want them to learn to love God and treat others the way Christ would. I am the best teacher for that job.
Our perspectives and priorities are different and that's ok. I would ask you to consider that you do not have to climb over others to be or feel successful. The core of your article seems to assign value to humans based on what you think is valuable. We can be happy for other women and rejoice with those who rejoice when the are having a baby and throw them a shower. If you want to throw someone a party for another occasion, DO IT!! Celebrate!!
I don't care about feminism. I don't need to push a cause. I need to make the best decisions I can with where I'm at. Do I miss getting paid monetarily well for what I do? Absolutely. Do I miss the mental challenge and adult interaction? Absolutely. Do I miss getting to leave work and be done with work? Absolutely. But, I chose to get married and have children, and I am choosing to put the same energy and dedication into this job that I would if I were getting paid $200,000 a year to reach sales goals. You may not make the same decision. Again, that's ok.
As my children grow, and when my children graduate from high school and college, they can look back and understand what I "sacrificed" to be with them. I loved them so much I wanted to be with them. Not because I couldn't figure out how to have a "real accomplishment", but because I chose to make them my accomplishment for this time of my life. It's not wrong, it's just different.
One day I hope that my children will arise and call me blessed (Proverbs 31:28). ~Julia