Today we celebrate International Women’s Day. Women have made many great strides in the world and we are going to keep going!
I visited with mother today and enjoyed it. She is elderly, but in pretty good health yet. She and I haven’t always seen eye-to-eye, but as the only daughter, tension was bound to happen at some point.
It made me reflect on how different our lives have been. She came from a large family, worked until at almost 40 yrs old, she met my dad, got married, quit work, and had two children. She was a housewife and constant companion for my brother and I. There wasn’t a single missed school or social event for her!
In later years, she did work (after I went to high school). It was more of her social club. She’s never met a stranger she didn’t like…lol. That lasted a few years until she could ‘officially’ retire at 60 yrs old. She’s a proud grandmama now and loves it.
For me…my path was one of working starting at 18, then married at 26, and tossed into a very unstable situation where one or both of us were usually out of work. Then the health issues came, and with it, the obligatory financial issues.
At 42, my world changed completely when my husband outed himself and the marriage ended a year later. I moved away and into a rickety town with no jobs, but a great new husband. The financial woes are off and on, but not nearly what they were with hubby #1.
I never will or have had children, except with four paws and tails. 🙂 My mom told me she wanted four kids…but nature ended her chances in her mid 40’s.
My mom and I have lived such different lives! She has a high school diploma, I have a BS and a Masters degree, she married and had kids, I married and had no kids. She’s the socialite, I can be the introvert (sometimes). We can fight like mad and get under each other’s skin in two seconds flat, but we can also have the best connection ever.
To my mom, and women everywhere!