Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

March 21, 2014

Stay-At-Home Moms (and watch out for those Steers)

By Deanna Kirk
Corsicana Daily Sun

— As I write this, my baby girl and eldest grandson just left my office at Ye Olde Daily Planet, bound for their home in the country.

It is significant because today was my daughter’s last day at a job she loved, and for which she showed great aptitude.

In a time when the term “working mom” is the norm rather than the exception, she and her husband have made a choice for her to stay home and raise their little boy, 3, and the new baby girl they’re expecting.

This brings back memories for me, since her dad and I made that same choice when she and her sister were born. We were blessed to have a thriving business, and we both felt that even if I hauled my babies to a busy garage, it was still better that they be with us.

My son-in-law is also successfully self-employed, and the plan is for her to help with his business in any way possible, including the children and teaching them work ethic from an early age.

I think that’s a pretty cool plan. My girls both have great work ethic, I’m told.

A popular opinion among those who have never stayed home with children is envy for those who can. Let me tell you, it all looks different once you’re knee deep in it. Some are cut out to stay home with children, and some are not. I’m one of the latter. I did my absolute best, but I have to say the closest I ever came to being checked into a rubber room was during those years I stayed home when my kids were small. Hard as it was, the role of “working mom” once they were a bit older was a much better scenario for me.

It sure gave me a whole new respect for those who are daycare providers and teachers.

One neat thing about the timing of this deal with my daughter and grandson is that the Navarro County Youth Expo starts Monday, and they will be able to come out to the barn some while I’m there working!

I know we pushed Zayne around in a stroller out there (no small feat in that red dirt) the first year after he was born. This year he’s old enough to understand a little better what he’s seeing. The biggest problem now is keeping him from darting away in the blink of an eye ... which could have severe consequences should he get in with the steers or heifers.

If you haven’t made it out for the Navarro County Youth Expo in a while, come out at some point this week. One  highlight is always the Thursday evening steer show.

Then there’s the big steak dinner and sale on Saturday that should not be missed.

My favorite thing about the entire week is how the community comes together to benefit the kids.

And how the entire system is set up to reward those who put forth effort and hard work; teaching work ethic to the next generation.

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Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun staff writer and editor of Explore magazine. Her column appears on Saturdays. Want to “Soundoff” on this column? Email soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com.