One of the questions that people most ask me (after playing the favorite game of guessing which twin is which) is if I miss working outside of the home. While I do miss the people I worked with and my time at my job, I have become so immersed in this new life that is so different than the old one that it is a comparison that I don’t really think about. There are however, some seemingly minor aspects of the working world that I do, surprisingly, miss.
The Morning Commute
While my 50 minute commute seemed far too long in the evening, in the morning it was nice to have time to ease into the day, a kind of buffer before entering the real world. Baby screams offer no such luxury.
I typically used my lunch break to run errands, which meant I would eat on the go. While it doesn’t seem relaxing, uninterrupted eating even in the car now seems like a lovely luncheon.
It’s nice to be noticed when a goal was achieved or a big project accomplished. So far, no one has complemented my stellar ability to fish poop out of the tub, or to successfully navigate a double stroller in a crowded doctor’s office without bumping into the infirm.
I frequently ask myself questions such as, “Am I doing this right?” or “What am I supposed to do now?” with no answer. It was nice when one was just an email or an office away.
A plate of cookies, muffins or birthday cake doesn’t unexpectedly appear in the kitchen, unless I forgot that I made it.
Luckily, while I do miss those perks, these little faces offer enough surprises every day to more than make up for it.