Parents, I applaud you!
In case you missed it (which you probably did because, oh that's right, you're a parent), yesterday was National Parents' Day. A day always celebrated on the fourth Sunday in July, National Parents' Day exists to honor the sacrifices, roles, and ultimate responsibility placed on parents to raise their children in an ever-changing world. Signed into law in 1994 by then President Bill Clinton, this day serves to "recognize, uplift, and support the role of parents in the rearing of children."
As a "Not Yet" mother, I gain a deeper and deeper appreciation for parents the longer I wait to have children. Not only do parents make the daily sacrifices of time, energy, money, sleep, etc., but they assume numerous other roles: nurse, warden, superhero, educator, chauffeur, security guard, judge, dietitian, hair stylist, banker, personal shopper, maid, chef, psychologist, sanitation worker, and many, many more. Gone are the nights of watching entire series on Netflix and enjoying peaceful dinners out. Gone are Sunday brunches fueled by bottomless mimosas, and fragile home decor. Gone are solo trips to the grocery store and having a clean car.
Growing up, I knew I wanted to be a parent one day, but never could fully appreciate what that really meant (and still can't). I watched my dad work incessantly to build and protect my family's financial future, having only taken maybe two or three sick days in his entire 30+ year tenure. I watched my mom, a true "tiger woman" of the 90's, work to balance it all: a successful career, three kids, maintaining a spotless home, and cooking dinner EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT.
Despite the endless work involved in being a parent, there's not a single one I've met who regrets it.
So for all you parents out there, here's to you! Thank you for assuming the ultimate responsibility of rearing our world's future leaders and innovators. Thank you for sacrificing daily to make our world a better place through investing in your children.
And on behalf of us "Not Yet" parents, thanks for your honesty, insight, and support. One day, we'll cling to your encouragement and experiences - and enjoy the excuse for a date night to celebrate National Parents' Day!
Hey y'all I'm Jennifer and I"ll be hosting Girls Nights Out, daytime meet-ups and other exciting events for Housewives in the City here in K-Town! Although I was born in Bristol, TN, my dad's job had us living in 11 states within 7 years! We bounced around as far north as Pennsylvania and as far south as Alabama before relocating to Knoxville in 1989. I tried moving away when my husband's job took us up north but nope, it just didn't stick- back to Knoxville I came and here I will stay! I have 3 fantastic kiddos and I have been known to enjoy bacon...on my bacon! Now, as far as Knoxville goes, you probably know that A) Around here football season is a 5th season- Go Vols! B) We take being "Scruffy" very seriously and C) It is a town full of amazing people-especially the ladies! So come on out to one of our events, meet some amazing women, have a great time and be sure to say "Hey Jen!"