My pre-teen boy came home from school the other day and very bravely, but potentially stupidly, dared to tread where others, far older and wiser, know better than to tread.
He asked me a question.
A question no doubt that others would also love to know the answer to but are way too afraid to ask.
A question, it was clear, that he'd been meaning to ask for quite some time but was only now
'Mum' says he quizzically, 'what do you do all day when I'm at school?'
(The emphasis was on all and the question mark was loaded, meaning what could you possibly be doing for all that time?)
'Well' said I, pausing to dampen down my naturally rising bristles at his innocent audacity. Well, he is still only 12, he knows no better. The ways of women have yet to be explained to him... and I would love to be a fly on the wall when that conversation takes place. Or maybe not!
I considered how best to answer him, taking a quick glance around to see if I had actually done any housework that day, housework apparently being the only obvious, visible proof of the work of a stay-at-home-mum. Harrumph ........
I think I told him something like: I made beds, tidied up, fed the cats, went shopping to get the dinner in, did some computer work (earning me an eye-roll) and all the time looking forward to seeing him after school. He loved the last bit but, apart from the eye roll, I think I lost him after my bed-making!
I may as well just have said 'nothing much son, just waited for you to come home'!
I didn't expand on my computer 'work', though I do fondly recall a time, in my other life, when I used to tell people they should text me if they'd sent me an email. This busy SAHM was far too busy for all that online malarkey, you see.
My, how the - barely clean - tables have turned as more of my time is now spent online! Although I do keep up with the necessities I wouldn't welcome the Housework Police to my home. They needn't waste their time on any surveillance either. No point as they wouldn't be able to see in thorough the windows! You know in my world my windows are like my eyebrows. I never attend to them because I never notice them, even when I'm looking at them straight in the eye, so to speak.
So, what exactly does this housework-shy Jazzy actually do all day then?
Well apart from the bare essential household duties, attending my beloved Curves gym, occasionally meeting pals for coffee/lunch, I drink copious amounts of tea whilst sitting with my laptop on my knee with cat purring and budgie chirping happily nearby. Total bliss.
The Social Media Police, on the other hand would be most welcome to visit. I'd even make them tea but there'd be no Stepford Wife home bakes!
My fascination with online activities started off with facebook, this blog then twitter and I enjoy all three. I thoroughly enjoy sharing all my random ruminations with you here and hope you enjoy reading. It's cathartic for me, I get to share and preserve times that are important to me and some frivolous ones too, just for fun. When I blog about something serious it feels really good to offload.
And last year, just in case I got bored like, I voluntarily took over the social media for the iPhones4Autism-ie campaign. I am delighted to be able to contribute to this important campaign. In fact this week my 'computer work' was mainly working on raising awareness at this crucial time with the launch of the iPhone 5.
I see all those iPhone-mad people queuing for hours for this new product and I scream at the TV: Give us yer oul' iPhones!! If only 1% of them donated their old phones think of the difference it could make to many children with Autism or Special needs?
In the very near future I will also be involved with the social media for another cause close to my heart! This one is completely different and I really look forward to it.
In January I will don my dancing shoes once more and choreograph another teen school-show. If the Housework Police could see through my windows then they would snatch a glimpse of a demented Jazzy with hoover in one hand, duster in the other, ear-phones in ear, trying out dance steps as she attends to her housework duties and taps out a few keystrokes on her dilapidated laptop!
Of course none of this is of any concern to pre-teen boy. Apparently, not only do I not do anything much at all all day I'm also 'the food person'!
I like to think though, like others similar to me, I'm a stay-at-home-mum that does more than it says on the tin.
I'm certainly more than just 'the food person'!
If you're a stay-at-home-mum reading this then I know better than to ask you what you do all day ;-)