Name, address, kids’ names and ages and finally, career.
I was anxious and excited for my friends to share with one another what I already knew about each of them.
And yet felt wholly unprepared when asked to answer the question myself.
I spent the first part of my childhood dreaming of becoming a teacher. It evolved to aspirations of becoming a National Geographic Photographer and later, a writer. But all along, the desire of becoming a mother and staying at home to tend to them was as constant as the ocean currents.
I taught fourth grade throughout my pregnancy and am writing now. I’ve never become a National Geographic Photographer, but I’ve taken some pretty striking photos over the years.
So why do I feel embarrassed to report my dream status? Stay-at-home-mother.
I suppose it all comes down to identity.
How do we define ourself?
What are we proud to report and what do we have left to achieve?