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March 08, 2005




Thanks for the response! Again, I got nothin' against people working from home. I don't actually have kids myself (unless you count my very cute, very furry, 30 pound dog). It gets under my skin when people assume a) that I am definitely going to have kids, and b) that I am going to quit or go part-time to care for said hypothetical kids, when that's not necessarily the choice I would make. I don't think that the assumptions I deal with are that far off from the assumption that stay at home parents are stuck in the house all day!


Caitriona, I'm sure I don't have to point out that "lawyers who get to work from home" are not exactly the norm for that profession.


You're right, mythago, they're not the norm. They made their own way. I'm not saying working from home, being a SAH parent, or anything like that is the norm. But I am saying that there are ways to make it happen - IF that is what a person wishes to do and IF it's important enough to him/her.

Besides, who wants to be the norm?


It all depends on what you want for your kids too. I don't think I could raise my kid in a small town. Not only am I a city person and am afraid of small towns, I could not see raising a kid with no diversity in the area or any of the community life you get in a city.


Caitriona, what I'm disliking about your posts is your seeming belief that a particular way of life is available and preferable to all, and anyone who says they can't have it simply isn't trying hard enough. Which is lovely for those of us who have safety nets, like generous employers, or families with ownership in farms that we can assume, but isn't simply something anyone who "wishes to do" in fact *can* do. Or, for that matter, should do.


By that same token, we are raising our kids in the midst of a very diverse rural community where people watch out for one another, and within driving distance of Austin, where we can go to any cultural events we choose. When I lived in the city, most neighbors didn't even know each other, let alone watch out for each other.

When we first moved out here, our daughter, then 11, complained that she couldn't do anything without someone seeing and telling us. Now she enjoys the fact that if she needs anything, people know her and know where to contact us.

I traded this type of community for the city once. That was enough.



You said, "Caitriona, what I'm disliking about your posts is your seeming belief that a particular way of life is available and preferable to all, and anyone who says they can't have it simply isn't trying hard enough."

Well, isn't that a bit like the proverbial American Dream? Today, it's been twisted by the media so that most people think that the American Dream is to have a big house, lots of money, lots of power, but in reality, the American Dream was initially "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

The challenge for each and every one of us is to determine just what it is that will make us happy. Not what the media or our neighbors or our family or anyone else tells us will make us happy, but what each individual truly NEEDS in order to be happy. I mean *REALLY* happy, not just the filling in with things to make ourselves think we should be happy in which we all participate from time-to-time.

What makes me happy is totally different than what makes my friend Rachel happy, and what makes her happy is totally different than what makes my friend Heidi happy, and so on.

Anyone CAN achieve whatever it is that makes them happy, but first it takes identifying just what that is. After that, they have to find ways to implement their own particular dream.

You wrote, "but isn't simply something anyone who "wishes to do" in fact *can* do. Or, for that matter, should do."

Too many people limit themselves by thinking that life has to be lived a particular way, that they have to follow the same direction as someone else. But they don't. It's still alright, even in this day and age, for each person to forge his/her own path, to "think outside the box." But it's not easy.

And why *shouldn't* people look for ways to achieve the things that make them happy?


Um, I'm glad to have given you a starting point there, but I don't think you really addressed what I was getting at.


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