gallamore west: The path I didn't take...

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The path I didn't take...

When I was in college, I was a business major.  
An international business major.
I learned a lot of Spanish {kind of} and even lived in Mexico.
I traveled to Costa Rica twice and spent a month in Chile.

I imagined myself wearing beautiful business suits and black heels that clicked on shiny floors.
 
And for a short while, I did wear those suits and heels. 
My black leather planner {before the days of phones that store every bit of info we could ever need} 
was precious to me.
My parking permit to the underground garage at the office building 
I worked in made me feel important.
And not only did my sharp black heels click on the shiny floors, 
I worked in a shiny building too.

Ah, sweet success!  
But not really...

After three different jobs in three different sparkly buildings, the luster was gone.
The jobs were incredibly boring.
The offices all looked the same inside.
The fancy clothes were expensive, and uncomfortable.
I couldn't wait to come home and kick off my heels, tear off my nylons, and throw on a pair of comfy jeans and flip-flops.

I knew that it was not the life for me.
I wanted to get married, and have the most important job I could ever have...
I wanted to be "Mommy."

{Insert going back to college for a year to get my teaching credential here... briefly used it, may someday return to it :)}

Yesterday in the middle of San Diego rush-hour on our way home from Sea World, we drove by one of those sparkly buildings I used to work in. {excuse the poor pic... I was driving}.

"Mommy, you worked in that big, fancy building?" asked Sam.

And as I looked in my rear-view mirror with my three boys buckled up without an inch to spare, I wiggled my toes in my flip flops and I smiled because I knew that THIS is the me I was meant to be.

p.s.  I realize I haven't been around much lately and I SO appreciate the emails asking if everything is okay.  Yes, I'm doing fine.  Really good actually!  I've just been busy with my sweet family.  Oh, and I'm also working on something big that I can't wait to share with all of you soon.  xoxo

5 comments:

Jenny from Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line said...

Nothing better than being a mommy! Great post and can't wait to hear what you've got up your sleeve : )

Jen said...

Loved this sweet story! You are such a fun mama to those three cutiee-pa-tooties!

Natalie said...

Love it and can TOTALLY relate!! I sometimes wonder if I should have stuck "it" out longer, but I know I'm living the life that I was meant to live! I miss you!!

Bunny said...

Nothing better than to know you're
where you should be, doing what you should be doing. So much for the big shinny buildings and dress up clothes. What a wonderful understanding you have of who you are. Take care.

Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft said...

So I starred this post in my Google Reader so that I could come back and comment.. Obviously it took me a little while to get back to it, but I still wanted to comment. :) I loved this post because it is exactly how I feel. No amount of money could get me to work during these few precious years with my girls. Abby starts school THIS year so I am trying to make as many memories I can with her before then. Next year Lauren will be in school as well and then I will be lost..lol. But until then, I am enjoying them being home. :) You are a great Mom, Laurie!

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