Nowadays, more and more women are opting to stay at home so they can raise their kids hands-on. I can say that I would have trudge the same path if we were lucky to have kids. But see, even without one, I am a full time domestic goddess in my own right. Needless to say, I have been enjoying this lifestyle. I guess it can be doubly fulfilling if you’re staying home to raise your own children.
Such situation has been embraced by my husband’s cousin. She left a thriving career in Advertising to raise her children with her lawyer husband as the sole provider of the family. Her youngest is about to turn 13 and will celebrate his bar mitzvah in a few months.
Aren’t we all aware how women seem to have a hard time going back to work after a long hiatus? Not in this case. In fact, my husband’s cousin is not even really serious in going back to work. Her friend told her about a job in Advertising that needed to be filled. She reluctantly went ahead with her application and to make the long story short, she got the job. She now manages a department for a big Advertising Agency in Manhattan and one of her accounts is the giant firm: Procter and Gamble ( my former employer). She hired a housekeeper in her employ as she will also travel every once in a while.
When I heard this news I couldn’t be more happy. It once again proved that women, even after decades of being away from the workforce can still be valuable. This negates the usual belief, that it’s hard to get back into the workforce once you’ve been out for a long time.
So, while I was on the phone with her yesterday, I can sense the excitement and enthusiasm in her voice. She feels kind of nervous because she thinks she’s a little rusty, but I told her she’s just starting, and it is normal to feel the jitters. All she needs is a warm bath to soothe and calm her after which she’ll just have to don one of those babydolls lingerie to sleep. She’ll awake refreshed and ready to face her day 1 at work tomorrow.
This is such an inspiring story, that’s why I wanted to share it here.