The Twilight Zone

After being a stay-at-home mother for the last four years, I agreed to help an old friend out and return to work temporarily. I began working for Bruce in 1998, and after taking maternity leave in 2002 I have kept in close contact with him. Turns out his employee up and quit on him at the beginning of the week, leaving him in a bind.

So, this morning I got up early, took a shower, skipped over the jeans and put on my best “corporate clothes” (of which I may have all of three outfits), put make-up on, got my daughter up early, fed her, packed her lunch for pre-school and dropped her off at my neighbors house. This is all before 8 a.m. I then drove to work, walked through the front door and felt like I had entered the “Twilight Zone.” Same office, some of the same people. Truly bizarre. I will be working for part of next week also.

Today has been a learning experience for me. When the going gets tough at home (and it does get tough with an opinionated and energetic four year old), I sometimes contemplate what it would be like to go back to work. All I know now is that I am tired, cranky and just can’t wait to crawl into bed. Looks like staying at home is what I do best.


8 Responses to “The Twilight Zone”

  1. 1 Gracencameronsmomy May 20, 2006 at 3:13 am

    Oh no, I am going back to work in the fall! But it is at the kid’s school…I hope it goes fast!

  2. 2 Linda, Brandon, Braydon, and Lila May 20, 2006 at 4:25 am

    Thank you for going and reporting back to us. Yeah….I’ll take your word for it…..I stay home!!

    Cleaning the toilet doesn’t sound so bad…I can do that in my PJ’s, at noon if I want.

  3. 3 Lisa and Tate May 20, 2006 at 5:02 am

    Things always look better on the other side of the street… Sometimes it is great to get a glimpse of that side of the street??!! You are a great friend to help out in a pinch!!!


  4. 4 MaMa_Cha May 20, 2006 at 10:58 am

    I just had a similar experience. Staying home for the last three years, have been going to work with my husband on and off for the last few weeks as they needed help (my daughter went to grandma’s). It was really wierd. I found it easy and almost relaxing to work. No one whining at you! My goals and achievements were clearly defined. But at the end of the day I was just grumpy, and just wanted to snuggle up with my little girl. I’m a mom and a mom I shall remain!

    How is adopting the baby girl from China going? I would like to do the same!I’d love to hear some tips.

  5. 5 Shelli May 20, 2006 at 12:01 pm

    Staying at home is what I do best, too!

  6. 6 asiangarden May 20, 2006 at 10:51 pm

    I had a very similair experience not too long ago myself! lol

  7. 7 Kim M. May 21, 2006 at 1:44 am

    I always say my Worst day at home was still better than my best day at work.

  8. 8 chichimama May 22, 2006 at 10:46 am

    I often dream of gong back, but have always feared what you just said so I’ve never done anything about it…glad to hear I was right!

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