I loved the recent post from Carina Wytiaz on working moms. She quoted Tina Fey who basically said it’s pretty tough. Hearing someone like Tina Fey say it takes a little of the mystique away. Being a mom is being a mom–no matter how famous you are.
Last month I interviewed a 93 year old woman named Ethel Bradford for a little community newspaper I write for. Ethel worked as a newspaper woman most of her life–in an age where few women worked– and raised a family at the same time.
After the interview, I confided to her how I sometimes feel guilty taking time to write while my children are growing.
She sent me an e-mail response:
And as for writing, KEEP IT UP. Even if you have no avenue for publication, keep writing. Your girls will see you busy with your interests and will admire you for it. Won’t make you less a mother, but more of one. This is the world they are growing up in, where women are active and productive, let them see how it can be done. You are NOT taking time from them, you are showing them how women now live.
Does that speak to you the way it speaks to me?
This woman has published four books in the past eight years. She told me the key to longevity is to be too busy to die–and in the meanwhile, to live without regret.
(If you want to read more about her–you can find the article here. )