So… yesterday I was Daniel. Not in a creepy “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” kind of way – but with Daniel headed to California take care of his family – I’m home with the kids – and the business. So, this post is for stay-at-home parents, small business owners/parents and other superhero types. You know who you are.
6:30 – Get the kids up, dressed, fed, fold two loads of laundry, brush teeth that aren’t your own
7:30 – Burn a cd of pro bono work from last weekend, take the kids to school, little man actually lets me walk him in
8:30 – Facebook the world letting everyone know Daniel is out for an undetermined amount of time, organize his stuff so he can pack, text a friend about how sorry we are we had to cancel Friday’s pro bono job
9:00 – Wake Daniel (he was up until 2 am handling our client’s needs so he could go help his dad), burn him a cd of images for his California family, check email
9:30 – Return a concerned friend’s phone call, email the junior high – letting them know the pro bono work on Thursday will have to get bumped to next week
10:30 – Drop by Les Schawb, drop off a movie, dr appointment in Albany (always a blast), home again
11:30 – Post on Hootsuite, email client, create 2 client’s Facebook cds, research getting branded blank cds
12:30 – Return two client phone calls, text pro bono client to arrange cd delivery, call a client and set up a meeting, oh yeah – eat
1:00 – Respond to a request for quote, create a cd sleeve from scratch, creating the followup Facebook post about how I LOVE having all the right equipment
1:30 – Run to the studio to meet a client and deliver products, call Art & Air re: vendor admission
2:00 - Back to the house, create another cd sleeve, wrap a package (it was adorable), Facebook a friend for computer support, get sucked into Facebook for 20 min
2:45 – Pick up the kids, drop off a client package, drop the kids at the house, run by the library
3:45 – Take Danae to the dentist in Salem, swing by a nice coffee hut- something with caffeine please
5:30 – Grab a couple of groceries, return home, plan tomorrow night’s meal
6:30 – Enchiladas a la mommy, meet with a friend re: community involvement – plan how we’re going to save the world (or at least improve a piece of it)
9:00 – Friends leave – story time
9:15 – Bundle the child that will still let me, into bed
So yeah, that’s the day in a nutshell – it’s what Daniel does while I’m away at my “real job”.
I know I get a little impassioned about this, but it irks me. OK, irked might be putting it mildly. My mom stayed home and took care of us, but she worked her tush off – as does every other stay-at-home parent on the planet. Thank you Peggy Bundy for helping that little stereotype. And the gender bias doesn’t help a bit. Or irk me any less.
And, for those of you who were counting (and those who aren’t, but need smacked on the nose with this little piece of reality) that’s THREE pro bono jobs Daniel had on his calendar just this week.