Contributed by MOTHERS volunteer and guest blogger Kelly Coyle DiNorcia
I have a confession to make.
I haven’t watched any of the debates so far.
There was a time when I wouldn’t have missed them for the world. I would have popped some popcorn or made myself some hot chocolate, or maybe poured myself a glass of wine. I would have gotten into my comfy pajamas and curled up on the couch. I would have waited for my husband to get home from work (he works nights) so that I could tell him all about it. I would have been anxious to debate about the debate the next day with friends. That seems like it was a long, long time ago.
Today I am mother to a “spirited” three-year-old daughter and a four-month-old son. I rise at 5 am and spend the day caring for my family and working full-time from home as an administrator for a non-profit organization, as well as being an active volunteer in my community and a student. My son is in bed at six o’clock pm, and my daughter is asleep around 7:30. I am asleep by 7:32, give or take. I am still awakened for several feedings each night – sometimes two, sometimes ten, but there’s no way to predict. If I could stay awake to watch the debates it would be an exercise in futility anyway – as far as I am concerned, after 8 pm people stop speaking in sentences and start just saying a bunch of sounds that don’t make any sense, a la Charlie Brown’s teacher.
So, you may be asking yourself where I get off writing for this blog. What could I possibly have to say? The truth is, even with my lack of time, and lack of coherence after darkness falls, I still find that I am one of the most well-informed people I know about the issues that concern women – all thanks to MOTHERS.
If you, dear reader, will indulge a little drum beating and back-patting, I’d like to take this opportunity to point out what an amazing resource MOTHERS is for those of us who wish to stay involved and informed but don’t have the time or inclination to scan the newspapers for relevant articles every day, attend briefings, join coalitions, or seek out girlfriends who have decades of experience fighting for women. Because by keeping up with the MOTHERS website, e-news, and the Woman in Washington blog, you get all this and more.
So, while my friend Valerie is off living the life of the women she has been fighting for, taking a step away from wage-earning work to do the REAL work of caring for her family, I am honored to be given the opportunity to put my little feet into her big shoes. I will continue to look to MOTHERS for help with the (never more important) task of staying in the know with regard to how our government is addressing my need, and the need of all mothers, for security, support and recognition.
And I will continue to send Valerie and her family all my best during this difficult time.