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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Thankful Moment as a Working Mom

When preschool asked me to attend my son's class thanksgiving lunch, I started panicking. The lunch was in the middle of the day during a very short week. I already was in the middle of a major product push to meet a tight deadline. How to explain to my boss I needed to leave the office for a few hours to go to my son's school for lunch?

thanksgiving preschool lunch
thanksgiving at preschool

I knew it'd be a problem but I braved my supervisor and mention I'll be a little late getting back from taking an early lunch. Immediately her head snapped up from the pile of papers in front of her, her eyes narrowed and she asked. Are you going somewhere during lunch?

After taking a deep breath, I told her I was joining my son's class for lunch. Her come back? Guess I can't make you NOT have lunch. My reply? No you can't. LOL

hand drawn turkey

As a working mom I'm always juggling demands of work and my son. While I enjoy being a good employee, being a mother is always first for me. Did I need to be at my son's school thanksgiving lunch? Maybe not but I wanted to go and I'm glad I went.

As I sat with my son, sharing a meal I was thankful to have this moment with him. Even though he ate out all my corn bread.

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Yakini @ThePrissyMommy says:
at: November 26, 2011 at 1:42 PM said...

Good for you! I had the same conversation with my boss because the boys had a Thanksgiving lunch for parents as well, which required me to leave early. I ended up not coming back at all, because we just got on the road and headed straight to MD. And similarly, my boss didn't like it but realized where my priorities lie now, and always.

Bicultural Mama says:
at: November 26, 2011 at 2:09 PM said...

I'm sure your son really appreciated you went there for the special Thanksgiving lunch and you can't get those moments back, so good for you for telling your boss you needed to go!

Asianmommy says:
at: November 26, 2011 at 3:11 PM said...

How nice to be able to spend this special time with him. Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving!

Nikki @ Mommy Factor says:
at: November 26, 2011 at 4:14 PM said...

Thanks for the support ladies. No amount of money can keep me away from sharing a moment with my son :)

MsXpat says:
at: November 27, 2011 at 5:26 AM said...

Being a working mom is tough. Recently I've had many challeges to face between juggling work and being a good team member and have to be there for my son during his many baby illnesses. Sadly I've opted to leave work as its too much for me to handle especially as he's not sleeping through the nights yet. Well done to you for coping so well.