Being alone

by Andrea Elizabeth

Hoda and Kathy Lee just reported a statistic that part time working moms are the happiest, full time working moms are the next happy, and stay at home moms are the least happy. If this is true, then perhaps it is because real life is harder than escape, diapers aren’t as pleasing as computers, children are immature companions, and being alone takes monastic, desert dwelling discipline.

That said, there is something to say about if mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy. I think women should have another interest, but one that can be done at home seems better. And I wonder about the happiness of the children. If they are home alone because mom’s out having a fulfilling career, then it’s a selfish happiness at the cost of the children’s. Some kids may be happy with their childcare, but again I wonder if it’s an escapist type happiness.

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