Mothers are the true professionals

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What a massive task Mothers undertake. It really makes me look like a slacker.

Here I get to go off to work each day as a business coach and help people develop in this narrow area of their business growth and somehow that makes me an "expert" and a "professional" but then I look at what my wife does in everyday opening up the universe to three insatiably curious minds and it makes me just how much harder her job is then mine and how she is the true professional. I could easily be replaced with my clients, but she couldn't be replaced and if she could I couldn't afford to pay someone for such an expansive and massive job.

G.K. Chesterton says it well:

“Babies need not to be taught a trade, but to be introduced to a world. To put the matter shortly, woman is generally shut up in a house with a human being at the time when he asks all the questions that there are, and some that there aren’t. It would be odd if she retained any of the narrowness of a specialist.

Now if anyone says that this duty of general enlightenment (even when freed from modern rules and hours, and exercised more spontaneously by a more protected person) is in itself too exacting and oppressive, I can understand the view. I can only answer that our race has thought it worth while to cast this burden on women in order to keep common-sense in the world.

But when people begin to talk about this domestic duty as not merely difficult but trivial and dreary, I simply give up the question. For I cannot with the utmost energy of imagination conceive what they mean. When domesticity, for instance, is called drudgery, all the difficulty arises from a double meaning in the word. If drudgery only means dreadfully hard work, I admit the woman drudges in the home, as a man might drudge at the Cathedral of Amiens or drudge behind a gun at Trafalgar. But if it means that the hard work is more heavy because it is trifling, colorless and of small import to the soul, then as I say, I give it up; I do not know what the words mean. I can understand how this might exhaust the mind, but I cannot imagine how it could narrow it.

How can it be a large career to tell other people’s children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No; a woman’s function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness.”

_______________________________________________________________________TTThank you to all mothers taking care of their children. For more information, find out more about me or send me an email at sethgetz@gmail.com.

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