I have nothing against the stay at home mum. I'd quite like to be one. I am part way there as I'm a part time working mum and consequently a part time stay at home mum.
Unlike many others I never wonder what a stay at home mum does all day because I know it is perfectly possible to fill the school days with enough activity to leave one exhausted by the time the afternoon school run comes around. But… I overheard an interaction between a stay at home mum and her sole charge the other day that made me chuckle.
The names of those involved have been changed and the following emotional outburst took place immediately after the afternoon school run as the mum was collecting her son.
"I'm sorry George but we're going to have to do the horses"
Mum was wearing horsey gear (boots and jodhpurs).
"Today has been just mad, really hectic!"
She looked stressed and rushed.
"I've spent all day trying to post that package!"
All day to post a package?
"First I went to the a Post Office who said it was too big for them. And then the second Post Office I went to said the address was wrong and didn't match the postcode."
And this took all day?
"So Mummy tried all day to post that package and I still haven't managed to. Anyway, that's why we've got to do the horses, because I didn't have time. Sorry dear."
And then a grumbling George was bundled into the back of the Range Rover and I thought "Well there's always tomorrow."