|My driveway. Not included, the smell of natural gas and cigarettes.|
I am at that point in our post where we are going home in under 100 days and it just can't seem to get here fast enough.
Don't get me wrong, Belgium has been a fantastic place we have loved it. We have made great friends, our kids have found good schools (well one kid), and we have been happy. But today, I am done.
My neighbors to that I share a wall with are replacing their bathroom. It has been non-stop cement drilling for seven days and today the gas company came (again) and they have once again dug up my driveway, sidewalk, and now they are drilling a hole in the wall. They also have been leaking natural gas into the air and smoking at the same time, which sounds like a terrible idea. But really, what do I know? An American girl who stays at home.
Which brings me to my next point, do I have a sign that says I am looking for a new career?
I have had no less than six people in the past two weeks ask me when I was going to go back to work since Tiger is almost four.
I admit I look forward to the time when Mr. Tiger is ready to enter the halls of kindergarten. At that point I might be ready for a change in my daily schedule. I don't know why everyone seems to think I need an office job to be respectable. I have lots of ideas and maybe I will end up in a snazzy pantsuit but I have a few things I would like to try before I hit up the Dress Barn.
Like, get bored. What would that be like? Or, write that young adult romance novel I have had stirring around in my head ("Her palms got sweaty as he approached her. Was he going to kiss her? What she didn't know is that he was a time traveler, and her great great great grandson with a very important message."). I would like to do so so so many things and I am happy to have a chance to do those things in their own time, but go back to an office job that I am not passionate about? Never, well never say never, but no thank you for now.
Why can't feminism empower me to stay at home if I want to, create a fashion line when I move to Asia, and write a book? Why does it have to be this boring hum-drum career office life that is the only way for ladies to gain equal footing? (Which is great for some ladies, but not this one). Can't I make my own path?
Belgium, Europe, you are great but man oh man I miss my country today.