Working girl

21 Dec


I am back at work. I have accepted two weeks of demanding, challenging, daily work that is scary, rewarding and brilliant.

Yes, I miss my kids. I miss them a lot. While I am at work I think of what they are doing. I call my mum and my sister too often and ask what the kids are doing and am told they are eating, playing, sleeping, fighting…pretty much the same activities as if I were there.

I am blessed with an amazing mum and sister who are not only willing to help but are very good at it. My kids love them and I love knowing they are well-cared for. I couldn’t work if I didn’t know they were in a safe, fun and loving environment. Not many parents have the luxury of loving family members willing to help. I count my blessings every day and I make sure to be there each week when my sister works and help my dad out while my mum travels. We are there for each other and can rely on each other when needed and all six children are part of a loving network of carers.

Anyway, back to my joy at working again. I love it so much. When I get to work I am often sitting down for the first time all day. I get to make a cup of coffee and actually drink it before it goes cold. My brain works in a way it hasn’t worked for a while. I become sharper, faster, more focused and more secure in my ability to be of value to people other than my family.

Life is all about balance and for the first time I feel I almost have it right. I have a little work each week, twice a year I fill in on a daily basis, I have my writing course and I get to start every day with my children and I am home to tuck them into bed at night.

The older I get the more I realise that life is about the little things. It’s about hugs, kisses, clean sheets, good chocolate, challenging work, constant learning, family and friends. What more could I ask for?

La Dolce Vita – Jo Abi

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