1. Ronda says:

    September 2, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    I often wonder what I will do once it's time for me to return to work. I have a few more years at least. I don't really want to return to state purchasing. It was boring and stressful at the same time. Wish I could be one of those inventive moms and start a business but I'm not creative or crafty. Do you still make soap?

  2. Martha says:

    September 2, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Yeah, me too. I do still make soap. I have a ton of it. I listed some on eBay and it didn't sell. I don't feel like it's up to par anyway. And my marketing skills are sorely lacking.

  3. Karen Adamo says:

    September 4, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Teaching will never fail for opportunities for a satisfying sense of meaningful work, it won't. Especially if you teach to kids in poverty. But it might kill you, that's the problem. If you can become a professional at making the most of a very effed up system, at connecting with kids and showing them that you like them and love them– no easy task when they may be more witty and savvy than you (the problem I had), you can extract such beauty.

    I'm really lucky that I can reasonably expect my husband to keep enough money coming in for a long time (please! I hope!). Given this fortune, I hope to be home for our kids until they're well into adolescence. But I really look forward to returning to teaching–what, when I'm 55? I may have a good ten years in there.

    Thanks for your gorgeous, profanity-laden writing, Martha.

    • Martha says:

      September 5, 2010 at 3:29 am


      It's great that you have a career to go back to when you are done raising your children. Teaching, I'm sure, will be enhanced by the lessons your children have taught you.

      I'm glad you like my writing. 🙂

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