The hardest thing I ever did in my life was have a child and return to work. I had no choice, as Bob was finishing up his degree and I was the bread winner. I worked until Thomas was 22 months old. I hated every single minute I was away from my baby.
So I was quite shocked when I was reading about Governor Palin just now at Wikipedia. She had her youngest child on April 18, 2008. This baby boy has Down Syndrome. This baby is four months old. Four months old.
Personally, I could never spend that much time away from my baby, especially a special needs baby, especially when I knew how much time is going to be spent campaigning.
I will not judge. I will not judge. I will not judge.
I know some women are better mothers when they work. I worked with them. I know no one thinks twice about a man spending that much time away from his baby.
I'm old fashioned and sexist, I guess.
I just find it -- looking for a word here -- strange.
I am sitting here very torn, because I'm all for Women's Lib. I believe wholeheartedly in a woman's right to choose, equal pay for equal work, etc. I really do. And I believe a woman has a right to choose to work or stay home with her child(ren). And I support that choice. But do I in all cases?
I just could never leave my baby, my four-month-old Down Syndrome baby, like that. I just couldn't do it. And sadly, I have the need to force myself to work on being open minded about it.
I had already made my decision to vote for Obama, so this isn't a political thing. It's a mother thing.
Frankie, who has some work to do and fully expects lots of negative comments on this one!