Sitting in a florescent light-lit room, drinking a Starbucks coffee, and in an uncomfortable chair…
Where am I?
Today is my first day back at work. However, there are no students here and it is 10am and I haven’t really done anything yet. Now, as you may remember, I did go back in July to teach summer school, but P was home with Max. Max started daycare today. He has soft couches to climb, lots of blocks, kitties to pet and there are some girls there. He is all set.
Max is not one yet. In Canada, we are allowed 12 months of maternity/parental leave. I only took 9 months of leave. It is my choice to go back early mostly because a job opportunity came up that might not be there in December. I could have easily stayed at home for a few more months, but going back to supply teaching doesn’t pay the bills and it most certainly doesn’t pay for daycare!
Of course I do feel guilty about leaving him with a non-family member, but what can you do. As I said to P this morning, if we want a bigger house, cottage, better cars, I have to go back to work. Quite frankly with taxes, hydro and other things costing so much $$ these days, I have to earn some money regardless. In discussions with some other Moms, we have all pretty much said that it is a hard decision to make, but you have to do what is best for you and your family. I am not one to be a stay-at-home Mom. I have the most respect for all those SAHM’s out there – it is just not for me. My career does not allow me to work from home (ideal set-up in my mind) and evenings are problematic (P’s robots schedule), so I am stuck.
Regardless, it is nice to be back and I am looking forward to the semester.