My computer time is very limited these days, with Pesach so soon upon us, but I just wanted to tell some good news.
Thanks to a recent and very positive improvement in our situation, I was able to quit my job sooner than I expected, and I'm now back home full-time with no distractions, which is so important right now that every free moment must be dedicated to organizing and cleaning - and as you can imagine, with a little one around, and all the usual homemaking routines such as tidying, cooking, and laundry taking a big chunk out of the day, that free time to do the "extras" is rare and precious and is mostly snatched away while Shira is sleeping.
I was able to quit without awakening any harsh feelings, and said goodbye to my manager on very good terms. I was told some very nice things about my work, and I in my turn said what a great time I had working along with everybody. I was completely sincere. I was blessed to work with wonderful people whom I had the privilege to get to know, but nevertheless, I'm happy to be home, which is where I belong and am needed the most.
This brief taste of life as a "working mother" (an euphemism I find rather amusing) has been a sobering experience for me. I have worked outside the home in the past, you see, but never since I got married, and I didn't realize just how taxing it would be. Even the so-called "family friendly" jobs aren't really family friendly when it's a mother of young children we're talking about. Nothing is family friendly if it takes a mother away from her little one(s).
And now that my lunch break is over I'd better go and do what I should be doing whenever I can - prepare for Pesach.