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Stay at Home Mom vs. Working Mom: The Child Speaks

Last week, there was a Mother’s Day celebration in my daughter’s school. She was very excited since it was her first performance in her newly joined school. She asked me to come early and take the first seat, which would make it possible for her to see me. I reached her school in time and as instructed by her took a seat in the front row.
Children came in a row and my daughter quickly spotted me. She started beaming with joy and waving at me. They performed beautifully and in the middle of the performance too, my daughter was waving at me. After the performance, there were several fun activities to be performed by mom and child. All the while, my daughter was dancing here and there, jumping with delight telling everyone, how pretty her mother looks. She came to me, bowed in front of me and said, “Your majesty, you look so beautiful.”

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Just then my eyes fell on a little girl who was sitting in a corner of the stage looking very sad. I went to her and asked her as to what happened and where was her mother.
She started weeping and said, “My mother did not come today. She has gone for her duty. She comes very late at night. Its mother’s day celebration today, I was performing for her but she did not come.”
I took her in my lap, she hugged me tight and started wailing even more. I tried my best consoling her and told her mom loves you and she will come soon. She kept repeating, “Mom is never with me, she comes very late at night. She leaves the house early every day.”
She kept sitting in my lap for some time till it was time for lunch. All the children happily sat down to eat their lunch but that girl was still sad. She sat alone, opened her lunch box had a bite or two and kept it back in her bag. She looked at other moms who were there for their kids with tears in her eyes. The sadness in her eyes, the way she looked at other moms with their kids was the heart-wrenching.
In the afternoon, when my elder one came back from school, she hugged me tight and said, “Mom, I got full marks in my English test and Hindi dictation. It is all because of you.”
The debate of going back to work after having kids will go on forever and whatever decision a mother takes is always the best for her child and her family. But I must say, this incident and the teary-eyed look of that little girl will stay in my heart forever.

This post is also published on Momspresso.

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