Wednesday, February 3, 2010
When I was a little girl I would tell my very high powered career minded Mom that all I wanted to do was stay home and be a Mom. I'm sure this made her feel really special when she was getting home at 7:00 PM from work. She never let on if it bothered her, she would just say; "Well make sure you don't live in Seattle because it rains there alot and you would be really depressed staying home in all that rain". Oh she also would tell me to put my makeup on and read alot of Time and Newsweek because housewives were frumpy and boring. Yes she was a product of the feminist movement and didn't think highly of the Mrs. Cleavers in the neighborhood. (The ones that I wanted to be)
Today I went and got Mom out of bed. She's spent 2 days in bed watching the rain. When I asked her what she was doing she said; "Being depressed" Now before you feel too sad for her, remember she has Alzheimers and she is generally a happy Alzheimers patient. So every 10 minutes she forgets she's been sitting there all day looking at the rain.
I had this Aha moment of why this rain could be affecting my normal chipper self:
A. As a child I was taught that rain was depressing
B. When it rains, my Mom gets so depressed she won't get out of bed
Tomorrow if it still raining I will show my Mom that rain can be fun. We will put on our rainboots and slickers and jump in the puddles.
PS: After Mom retired from her fortune 500 Vice President position she said it really didn't mean much. She should of been home with her kids. But that when she tried it, it was too darn hard.
Go Stay Home Moms!!!