I am writing to you today to thank you for the new position you have just offered me. I will be glad to take you up on the offer and embark on this whole new career : that of a stay at home mum.
I realize, especially today of all days with the budget looming later on, that I am one of the lucky ones to whom the prospect of losing her job is actually quite welcome. I wanted to stay at home with my girls at the end of my maternity leave but things were such that it was not an option. But now, thanks to you and a pretty decent redundancy package from my soon to be ex employer, I can afford to.
Although it might not be a very financially rewarding career, I am sure that it is a very rewarding one in many other aspects. It will surely not be easy but I am a fast learner and I believe that I will soon find my feet. Well, hope is always good isn't it?
Before I embark on this new career officially, I have to say goodbye to a few things. Goodbye to the Americanized corporate culture. Goodbye to the '5 minutes' meetings that last for hours. Goodbye to the 'crucial matters' that, at the end of the day, do not really matter. Goodbye to the reports that are needed 'by yesterday'. Goodbye to the running around between school, work, childcare, appointments and all the rest. To all those things that had me comparing myself to some kind of bird gone through the guillotine, I bid farewell.
I also have to say welcome (even though I am already acquainted with them) to another range of things, things that will make me a (hopefully good) stay at home mum. Welcome cooking (one of my all time favourite things, I am french after all). Welcome cleaning. Welcome laundry doing. Welcome DYI-ing. Welcome cake baking, arts and crafting and general playing with the kids. But most of all, welcome to all those special moments, the good ones and the bad ones, that I will not miss.
So, I hope you will appreciate this letter. I am pretty sure you don't get many of them these days. Once again, thank you, Recession, for the opportunity you have just offered me, the opportunity to slow down for a bit, enjoy the children and enjoy the little things in life..
P.S: I would also like to thank Hot Cross Mum and Mummy Mania for appearing on a television show talking about blogging. They sparked my interest in this and is one of the reasons I decided to take the step of starting a blog.