It made me kind of sad that someone would feel that way about motherhood. Useless? Oh boy, I wish I could feel useless for ten minutes! My problem is that I'm so darn usefull that I'm never left alone! :)
I got thinking about the many facets of motherhood and how many "titles" I actually hold. I'm not "just a mom", I'm a(n):
-Doctor. I'm the keeper of the band-aids and can diagnose any rash/cough/fever with a 95% correct accuracy rate.
-Taxi Driver. I easily navigate the county to be sure that children are dropped off at the appropriate place, at the appropriate time. (Most of the time. There have been some delays and/or errors...but I can usually find a way to blame those entirely on someone else.)
-Chef. It's amazing what I can throw together from a few ingredients. It takes some creativity and my children have learned to
-Artist. I have come up with some pretty ingenious ways to hide the marker/pen/crayon marks on my walls that just will not come off.
-Maid. It's amazing what I can accomplish with 30 minutes and Windex.
-Referee. I have the important calls down - "Illegal use of hands!" (aka "Stop hitting your sister!), "Time Out!" (aka "Go to your room!"), "Unsportsmanlike conduct!" (aka "Stop calling her a poopie head!") and "Illegal crack!" (aka "Please go put on clothes! I'm tired of seeing your naked bum!").
-Teacher. How else am I going to get a break around here, unless I teach them how to do all my jobs?
-Criminal Investigator. It doesn't take me long to determine "whodunit". Sometimes, I'm so on the ball, I know a crime is going to happen even before it occurs.
-Interrogator. Using my "evil eye" I can easily break any minor subject and get the truth out of them.
-Judge and Jury. I must determine and dole out the punishment that fits the crime.
-Magician. I have perfected the art of multi-tasking, to the point that most people just stare in disbelief.
-Beautician. I have mastered the up-do, curly-do, straight-do and "come here and we'll get the gum out of your hair"-do.
-Teddy Bear. I am available for hugs and cuddles 24/7/365.
In short, there isn't much that I don't do. I'm definitely not ashamed or embarrassed of my title as "Mom". It's a tough job...but I wouldn't have it any other way.