Other Duties As Assigned

Last night (and the night before) Laurel said to me as she went to bed, “I’m sorry if I come in.”  Sometimes she wakes up in the middle of the night with a bad dream and comes in our room.

“It’s okay,”  I told her.  “It’s in my job description.”

I probably should have looked the job description over a little more carefully before I signed on.  Not that I ever really looked over any job description;  I was usually just glad to have a job.

Like when I worked at the Baseball Hall of Fame, I think my job title was “Souvenir Girl” and that pretty much summed it up.  I sold souvenirs and tickets.  Maybe it specified that I wasn’t supposed to try to charge VIPs, like the time I was going to charge Bowie Kuhn admission, but I honestly never read through it.

But a Mom Job Description — whew!  There’s a good one that I’ve seen:  The Mom Job Description. (Click to see it.)

I actually think I could do it in five words.

and other duties as assigned

No matter how complete the list, it would still be incredibly incomplete.

I knew I would have sleepless nights.  I imagined they would end when my children slept through the night.  Not so.  It’s not always Laurel waking me up.  Sometimes I wake with a particular child on my mind and just pray for them.

Prayer is definitely somewhere in the job description.  Under communication — with doctors, teachers, waitresses, and God.  Yep.

Jacob getting a haircut a few years ago.

No one told me that when I became a mom, I would have to cut hair.  But I have cut the boys’ hair for years.  All my boys are now teenagers and beyond.  I tell them to get their haircut by somebody who knows what they’re doing.  And yet, what did I do the other day?  Cut Jacob’s hair.  And I still don’t know what I’m doing.

I knew when I became a mom that I would have to prepare meals.  I was okay with that because I know how to read recipes.  My creativity in the kitchen is pretty limited.  But did I ever imagine that I would have to triple or quadruple every recipe every written?  And kids think math skills aren’t that important…

And all those years of raising children are really just a warm-up for caring for parents, a job I’m now cowering from.  Other duties as assigned.

It doesn’t seem to get any easier.

And I just seem to get tireder.

But Laurel can still wake me up any night of the week.

It’s in my job description.

14 thoughts on “Other Duties As Assigned

  1. At some point though, mother’s have to rest. That should also be in the job description. Ironically, we never seem to get around to that. A lady once told me she’d been tired since 1988 (the year she bore her first child). I didn’t believe her….until I had my own:-)

  2. I am a recent new Mom, and I never would have dreamed how my life changed when my beautiful daughter was born. I never knew how much love I could have for someone. Other duties as assigned certainly describes the job of a mother… Thank you for the inspiration 🙂

  3. My mom had grandchildren to look after part of the time even after my kid brother and I were grown up, so she’d often wonder when she had a chance to retire….

  4. Sally, I don’t think you are paying attention to my comments. Watch this: (Sometimes she wakes up in the middle of the night with a bad dream about WOLVERINES and comes in our room.) Do you see how that is a much more interesting sentence than yours? Keep trying!

    1. The problem here is that I wrote this post back in 2012, long before your wolverine suggestion. Now that I know, I realize that I should have put wolverines in my cow post. I’ll work on this.

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