Today marks a last for me – and tomorrow a first.
Today is my last day of employment. Today, I remain a WIC dietitian.
Tomorrow is my first day of…
Well, what exactly is tomorrow my first day of? What exactly am I as of tomorrow?
Calling today my last day of employment might lead one to think that tomorrow is my first day of unemployment. But that wouldn’t be true. You see, the technical definition of unemployment is that one is not working for pay but IS actively seeking work for pay. That’s not me.
Maybe I’m joining the ranks of the underemployed-as one who is highly skilled but working a low wage job that does not use her skills. I doubt that. For one, unless you count my monthly “allowance” (Daniel and I both have one), I will have no wage whatsoever. Secondly, I disagree with the idea that what I’ll be doing is low-skill or won’t make use of my education or expertise.
Maybe if I told you what I’d be doing, we’d be able to come up with a better label for my employment status.
But what exactly will I be doing as of tomorrow?
I’ll be at home, taking care of my daughter. I’ll be feeding her, changing her, bathing her, rocking her to sleep, and making sure she gets that all-important tummy time. But I don’t intend to be a stay-at-home mommy.
I’ll be doing laundry, doing dishes, making dinner, and scrubbing the toilet. But I don’t intend to be a housewife.
Let’s call it being a stay-at-home wife. My goal is to care for our daughter and care for our home in such a way that Daniel is able to be happier, more productive, and better loved.
Yes, I’m leaving paid employment to be at home with our daughter – but ultimately, I’m leaving paid employment so I can be a better helper to my husband.
I’ll be taking a pay cut, sure – but I have a feeling this job will require every bit of skill and education I possess.
I’m not going to be unemployed or underemployed – I’m going to be a happily unpaid full-time helpmate.
Employment statisticians can make if that what they will.