Opinion

Hope you put up your feet mom, you earned it

No breaks.

Standing up almost all the time.

Working 135 to unlimited hours per week, while holding degrees in medicine, finance and culinary arts.

No vacations, plus an increased work load on holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

And here’s the real kicker: salary $0.

I can’t forget to mention you can eat, but “only when the associate is done eating their lunch.”

So who’d be crazy enough to apply for a job with this description?

Me, and millions of other moms, according to a video circulated on Facebook recently.

While the job profile may be a tad exaggerated. (I know I’m not and hopefully most other moms aren’t standing every single moment of the day and I do get breaks whether it’s a yoga class, a date with the hubby or a night out with the girls).

But the fake job interview that recently went viral to promote Mother’s Day makes an interesting point about what it requires to be a parent.

It’s not very often you talk about it, break it down and see it the same way the creators of this video do.

Or the way Ulli Appelbaum does in his ‘24 Clear Signs You’re a Mom.’

“Instead of running from projectile vomit, you run toward it; You do more in seven minutes, than most people do all day; Going to the grocery store by yourself is a vacation; You can experience heaven and hell at the same time.”

When more than 10 friends shared the video clip 24 People Who Applied for the World’s Toughest Job Were in for Quite a Surprise I figured it must be worthy enough to watch.

I wasn’t disappointed. Watching the faces and hearing reactions of the applicants when the interviewer revealed the requirements was quite entertaining.

“That’s almost cruel. That’s almost a very, very sick twisted joke,” said one of the interviewees upon hearing workload would go up over holidays, and with a “happy disposition” too.

As hard as it is to envision what it takes to be a mom until you’re actually cleaning up projectile vomit at 2 a.m. the rewards really do make it a job worth pursuing and kind of push the less rewarding moments in the shadows.

I do wish, however, more people would watch something similar before becoming parents. This clip could act as a precursor before they even begin “job hunting” if I may.

The intention is obviously to make the world aware of what moms do as well as to remind all of us to appreciate what our mothers have done for us, and still do, and hopefully that’s what it accomplished.

So how about a shout out to dads too?

Yes moms carry a lot of responsibility on their shoulders, but so do dads, sometimes just in different ways.

Or sometimes exactly the same.

Hopefully moms took a moment May 11 to put up their feet.

Dads, your day is just around the corner.

Ashley Degraaf is a News Leader Pictorial reporter who writes about family issues here monthly.

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