I have several obligations to our community. Obligations that require small amounts of time away from my family. They are things I signed up for and knew what they would require. But just because I offer a cautionary heads up from time to time, in the form of "I'll need to arrange a sitter but I'll make sure I'm there" doesn't mean I'm a disheveled mess of a mother.
No, my child does not need to come with me. No, I don't want you to bring your wife/teenager/neighbor's kid so he/she can babysit my child in the next room. No, I don't need someone else to fill in for me, and certainly not my husband (if he wasn't busy I wouldn't need a sitter). And did I mention that my child doesn't need to come with me? While I appreciate the fact that people are just being nice, I feel a little insulted, like my being a mom disables me from maintaining commitments somehow. I also know that a room full of adults trying to conduct business is one big giant stage for rambunctious toddler.
Am I a busy mom with a busy family - yes. So are millions of others. Being a working mother with an equally busy Husband and son does not mean that I can't swing it. I can't do it all, and certainly not alone, but let me make those choices for my family because I know whats best for us.
Working Momma rant over and out. Off to find sitters...