Woman Work


“How do you do it?”

I hear these words often, almost daily. It’s a natural inquiry, I guess. There is a constant flow of experiences that contribute to my journey as a mom and wife and writer and professional and-and-and…

Depending on who you talk to, “the dance” as I call it, can be considered a balancing act or a small integration of those two worlds. I’m no pro at the dance but somehow I manage, and I realize that I’m not doing it alone. I have a better half (Hubs) that does his part, and we both recognize that there is a higher power in our lives that keep us sane. Still, there’s something to the idea that there’s work that only women can do. I believe that.

Recently when asked: “How do you do it?” I just smiled self-assured knowing that it is grace (as my SheWrites friend Elizabeth calls it). She’s right. It’s only by HIS grace and mercy that I can do what I do. I think Ms. Maya had the same thoughts too, she wrote this beautiful poem:

Woman Work

Diego Rivera

I’ve got the children to tend
The clothes to mend
The floor to mop
The food to shop
Then the chicken to fry
The baby to dry
I got company to feed
The garden to weed
I’ve got shirts to press
The tots to dress
The can to be cut
I gotta clean up this hut
Then see about the sick
And the cotton to pick.

Shine on me, sunshine
Rain on me, rain
Fall softly, dewdrops
And cool my brow again.

Storm, blow me from here
With your fiercest wind
Let me float across the sky
‘Til I can rest again.

Fall gently, snowflakes
Cover me with white
Cold icy kisses and
Let me rest tonight.

Sun, rain, curving sky
Mountain, oceans, leaf and stone
Star shine, moon glow
You’re all that I can call my own.

–Maya Angelou

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