Oh good! Now you can spend time with the elf.
What made you leave your job now? After he is 3 years old.
Don’t you feel it is so much better for the elf that you quit your job?
If you were the random aunty or those “holier than thou human beings” I would smile and say yes. While I seethe inside. Do people really think that a mother would do something which is not good for their kid as they are implying me going to work was. Do they really mean to imply that I was being selfish because I chose to work over staying at home.
How do I explain to them that I am not a bad mother nor do I love my kid less because I felt no guilt at going to work. Don’t get me wrong, I had my days of guilt, my days of wondering If it was all worth it – but on an average I was happy!
I don’t believe in living in guilt. I have always maintained that the elf was my priority and theday I felt that the elf was suffering or I was suffering because I went to work I would give it up.
I don’t believe the elf is better off or worse off because I worked for the first three years of his life. Online you will find all the pros and cons to working mothers. So I am not going to elaborate.
Coming back to me – No, I didn’t quit out of guilt. I didn’t have a eureka moment 3 years later that I horror or horrors sent my kid to a daycare.
I quit for me.
I reached a point where the next steps in my career in the banking sector didn’t ignite a passion in me. I felt empty. I felt I needed to do more for my soul.
Sure being at home would make things logistically much easier because the elf had started school but that wasn’t my primary reason.
The main reason I quit was me.
In India, for a woman the word ‘me’ is taboo – you always quit because of marriage or kids or parents or because your husband changed locations.
But imagine a mother saying she chose not to work to find herself .
Quitting for yourself is tough to explain. It’s tough to tell people that today if I find something I am truly passionate about I would go back to working. Sure I will look for more flexibility because I wanted to spend more time with the elf but yes I want to go back into the workforce.
I have realised I can’t explain myself.i explain myself to the ones that matter. I think they see my view point. But to the rest of the world I am ok being the “good mother”
Beta good thing you quit. See elf is more friendly now –
Yes Aunty – all for him!
Now everyone say Jai Nuttie Mata ki!
(Loosely translated to All hail mother nuttie)