Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Mothers Day

Sketch by Tatiana
Just when you thought that there is no defined job description for Motherhood. Read this and let me know whether you would have been up for the challenge if you had this job description before your first child was conceived:


Long-term team players needed for challenging permanent work in an often-chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in faraway cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.


For the rest of your life. Must provide on-the-site training in basic life skills, such as nose blowing. Must have strong skills in negotiating, conflict resolution and crisis management. Ability to suture flesh wounds a plus. Must be able to think out of the box but not lose track of the box, because you most likely will need it for a school project. Must reconcile petty cash disbursements and be proficient in managing budgets and resources fairly, unless you want to hear, "He got more than me!" for the rest of your life.

Also, must be able to drive motor vehicles safely under loud and adverse conditions while simultaneously practicing above-mentioned skills in conflict resolution. Must be able to choose your battles and stick to your guns. Must be able to withstand criticism, such as "You don't know anything." Must be willing to be hated at least temporarily, until someone needs money to go skating. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly.

Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers.

Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys and battery operated devices.

Also, must have a highly energetic entrepreneurial spirit, because fund-raiser will be your middle name. Must have a diverse knowledge base, so as to answer questions such as "What makes the wind move?" or "Why can't they just go in and shoot Sadism Hussein?" on the fly. Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.


Virtually none. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.


None required, unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.


You pay them, offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.


While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered, job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life if you play your cards right.

This is one job that I will never swop for any other...I love being a mom! Happy Mothers Day to all my blogging friends.



  1. Thanks Lynette!
    And the same to you.

    I think you should ban Hayley from reading this post though.
    Or at least put a warning notice up for her (and other yet-to-be moms) at the start of your post. ;-)

  2. Wow, I love it. Will have ti include it somewhere on a LO I think, so much truth there in the guise of joking around.
    Beautiful and made my day.

  3. As ek so na hierdie werksprofiel kyk, dan kan ek sien hoekom ek nooit beskore was om 'n ma te wees nie ... haal my hoed af vir alle moeders. 'n Baie gelukkige Moedersdag vir jou more en mag jy heerlik bederf word en sommer ekstra spesiaal voel. Met liefde van Desire

  4. Happy Mother's Day Lynette!

  5. Happy Mother's Day to you too!
    Beautiful thanks for sharing

  6. Love the bit about the benefits - my fav!

    Thanks for sharing this with us - i agree with Stef, perfect LO material!

    Hope you had a wonderful day with your children and grandchildren!

  7. Very good, but I can actually think of a few to add! Hope you had a great Mothers Day.

  8. Hee hee...I got sent this as an e mail a while back & had a good chuckle! My bil has just become a daddy at 40 & is clearly taking strain - so relieved we can sit back & watch now that those hectic days are behind us - I'm so glad we had our kids when we were young & full of energy & it is definitely such an awesome achievement & one that never ends - can't wait for the grandkids to start coming. Not too soon though as my eldest is just 16!


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