Today was International Women’s Day and here in the USA, it was “A Day without a Woman.” Here’s how I celebrated…..
My day actually started at 2am when the phone rang. We run a small business and my husband can go to work at any hour of the day or night. I was taking info at 2, and then invoicing and taking payment at 4 am. Needless to say, I didn’t get up at 5:15 when my alarm went off. At 6am I started a load of laundry and made my way to the basement where I lifted weights and went for a brief walk on the treadmill. I could hear my kids upstairs already and was not in a super huge hurry. I drank 2 am coffee and helped my 9 year old make oatmeal. I made smoothies for the 3 smallest people, scooped oatmeal for them and proceeded to wash the breakfast dishes from the older boys’ breakfast. I hung laundry outside, started a new load, broke up a couple of fights, and then hit the shower. My husband was up at this point so I made new coffee and cooked us breakfast. The kids started their school work and we ate. After a walk around the back yard discussing where we should add on to the house, the phone rang and he was off to work again. More laundry, and then at the table to teach math to a 6 year old, and correct school work of some of the bigger kids. My friend stopped over, the kids played, we chatted, and after hanging more laundry outside, I made eggrolls for lunch. Then came all of the school correction. Writing was checked and fixed, Algebra, math lessons, vocab, did you read the books you were supposed to, what chapter did you get to in history? Those questions asked and checked off. I sat to teach reading to the same 6 year old while the 4 year old sat in my lap and asked what the flashcards said. The 8 year old was working on her cursive at the same time, the 15 year old was finished and working on his own projects, and the middle boys finished and headed to the creek.
The 13 year old had a meltdown of epic proportions, threatened not to do anything ever again, and was told he couldn’t go to youth group tonight. He’s another story, but he wears me out. Chicken in the crockpot was started in the afternoon, so I brought in all 3 or 4 (I can’t recall) loads of laundry and started rice. The kids are outside, and my husband is still working. I created a few invoices, answered a few work calls that we couldn’t help with, and sorted the laundry. I have yet to put it away, but we need to eat and head to church. We will go to church tonight where the kids will sing and learn Bible stories, and I will study a book of the Bible with people much wiser than I am.
We don’t go to church because we are perfect. We go because we are broken and in need of God. Despite what many people out there believe not all Christians are the Westboro Baptists and the people that protest outside of churches. Not all of us keep our children from Harry Potter and curse words. Just because we homeschool and we are Christian does not mean we hate “other” and teach our children to hate. May I reiterate that we are NOT perfect. We chose to educate our children because we believe that 7-1 is a much better student teacher ratio than 20-1. We chose to educate them so that they can think for themselves and not parrot our beliefs or the state’s or the pastor’s.
Why am I writing this down today? My Tweet this morning about just getting up to do what I need to do had more likes than I’ve ever seen before. This is what I do every day. It varies some, but for the most part this is it. This is my choice. I want to be home with my children and educate them. We live in a country where women have choices. We can work or stay home. We can marry or not. We can have children or not. We can vote or not. We can drive cars and own property. I’ve never worked at a job where I made less than a man. (and I’ve worked at lots of jobs) The wage gap is just not true. Article by Thomas Sowell
So my question is, why are women marching? What is it that you want that you don’t have? Why do you look down upon those of us that aren’t marching? Why do you assume that because we are educating our own children we are ignorant or backwards? Why is a stay at home mom great if she wears a vagina on her head, but worthless, brainless, and pointless if she’s conservative and Christian?
Personally, I think you look stupid with a vagina on your head, but I appreciate that you have the right to do that. That’s what I’m saying, you have those rights. You have all of the rights that men do. I respect that you are passionate about getting in the streets and voicing your opinion. Just remember, you don’t speak for all women. There are many of us doing exactly what I described today. We aren’t asking for more money, respect, or special treatment. Tomorrow morning, I will get up with millions of other women around the country and do it again. I will take responsibility of my own life, and walk the path God laid out for me. It will be hard and tiring, but it will be done.
Tonight, I will be thankful for the women that worked, thankful for the women that stayed home, and thankful that the women who marched, had the right to do so.