Yes, as in the 1985 movie starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. It’s a classic. But, just in case you are fuzzy on the details (because I refuse to believe that there is even ONE of you out there who missed it!), the basic premise of the movie is that Michael J. Fox’s character gets the rather unexpected opportunity to travel back in time and change the fate of his family.
So, why the subject of time travel? I handed in my resignation at work last week. My resignation from a super-secure, unionized, full-time, government job with benefits. Yes, in this economy. Why? Despite its security and benefits, I work in a very family-unfriendly environment. Flex time? Not offered. Reduced work schedule? Not a chance! Working from home? Wait… working from where? You get the point.
As I work out the final days of my notice, I have been doing a lot of thinking about what I would have done differently had I known 6 years ago what my ovaries had in store for 2007. And, yes, I do know that hindsight is 20/20, but humor me if you will. Had I known my household would go from 0 to 2 babies in a mere 36 weeks, I can honestly say that I would not have chosen the same education/career path I find myself on today. I have a Bachelor’s in Sociology and a Master’s in Consumer Finance. If that sounds like an odd combination to you, that’s probably because it is. No real rhyme or reason to any of it. At the conclusion of my freshman year of college, I decided to pursue a degree in Sociology/Criminology because I liked the coursework , and thought I just might be the next Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs. Yeah, not so much. After I graduated, I blew off a second interview at a correctional facility after nearly having a panic attack during the first one when the interviewer described what my actual duties would entail. Then, after working a year out of college in Human Resources (random, I know), one of my former professors called to offer me a paid research assistantship in Consumer Finance complete with a free Master’s degree. Eh! Why not? So, 6 years and 2 degrees later, here I sit wishing I had pursued a more family-friendly career path.
The truth is, I don’t know what job I would ideally like to have. Is there any career out there flexible enough to accomodate the first three years with multiples? I don’t know. What I can say for sure is that there are some jobs which are clearly better suited for MoMs (and moms in general) than others. Lately, I have been admiring the nursing profession. Good pay, flexible hours, meaningful work… oh, and don’t forget the scrubs and crocs! I defy you to find a more comfortably-dressed profession! The bummer is, nursing is my ideal career choice in theory only. I am so not cut out to be a nurse. This much I know. And, if you don’t believe me, just ask any of my family members or close friends. Wow. Judging by their reactions to my aspiring career change, I would make about as good a nurse as I would a lion-tamer.
T minus 5 work days until I begin my new career as a stay-at-home mom to 21 month-old twin girls. My new bosses are sure to be demanding, erratic, and irrational at times (many, many times…). But, I am going into this new endeavor with my eyes wide open. Nope, no delusions here. I know that my old job is going to seem like a cake walk compared to some of the days I will undoubtedly experience in the months to come. I know this because I can remember on more than one occasion running out the door (like my you-know-what was on fire!) eager to get to “work” when the girls were being especially difficult at the ripe-old hour of 7AM. Indeed, there is no job more difficult than being a stay-at-home mom to multiple children. But, you know what? I wouldn’t change a thing… even if I did have the opportunity to travel back in time and do so. How could I? Just look at these two cuties:
What about you? If given the opportunity, would you still pursue the same career path, knowing that multiples were in your future?
P.S. I didn’t forget that today is Father’s Day. Really, I didn’t! So, Happy Father’s Day to all the dads who support us MoMs on this crazy journey! And, a special shout out to my favorite twin daddy, J!