When I wrote the title of this post, it reminded me of a love poem that I used to like in high school by the same name: Resignation, by Nikki Giovanni. I was going to cut and paste the whole thing here, but turns out it features some 387 words, so I’ll just share this relevant excerpt from the last stanza:
I love you
because you made me
want to love you
more than I love my privacy
my freedom, my commitments
I love you ’cause I changed my life
to love you
And so I have done the same and a life change is upon our family. I resigned from my full-time “office” job this week.
Nikki’s 387-word love poem is written to a lover, no doubt, but as she has resigned in acquiescence to love — I have resigned to full-time mommyhood, a role of love that I do not take lightly. It has been on my heart for some time – this work/life balance thing – and any reader of this blog knows so.
I feel lucky to have the opportunity to focus more on my family. I feel sad to leave coworkers who often feel like family. I feel excited to see what God has in store for us — but mostly, I just feel blessed.
As I was ending this post, I stumbled across the below quote — a status message on my Facebook newsfeed. Being a woman requires many hats to be worn, and I am ready to spend more time wearing my favorite.
“How can it be a large career to tell other people’s children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No. A woman’s function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness.”
― G.K. Chesterton