My parents came to stay last night. This happens quite frequently because my mum, who is a saint in human form*, comes up once a week to help me take A&S swimming and my dad, who isn't very well, prefers to be where she is (bless!).
So anyway, last night, my dad had some dinner for his old cricket team (he hasn't played cricket since about 1975 but still), so we had the pleasure of my mum's company for the evening.
We were talking about my current dilemmas, options and choices when she said "funny really; after all that expensive education you're going to throw it all away to make hats. Ha ha."
That was a joke by the way.
Except I didn't find it terribly amusing. Because, guess what, that's occurred to me too. I am ridiculously expensively- and well-educated. My dad worked long hours in a stressful job to pay for this and my siblings and I did what we were "supposed" to do by going on to good universities, getting good degrees, and good jobs. Now here I am; with (allegedly) potential to go "all the way" in my Proper Job, and I'm talking about walking away from it to look after my children. Is that a waste of my education? Apparently my father thinks so. And although it was a "joke", I suspect my mother's not far away.
Now I don't want to go through this all again because even I'm bored of it and I've come to the conclusion that I've got to do what feels right for me and my family, even if I don't yet know what that is. But what worries me is that if even my own parents don't understand that what hope have I got that anyone else will?
* and, like, I imagine, most saints, she makes mere mortals (including yours truly) feel guilty and irritable much of the time...
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