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When I started to think of names for my blog I was initially very resistant to my husband’s idea for ‘The Incredible Elasti-mom’. I mean, I don’t personally think of myself as an “Incredible” mom by any stretch of the imagination and I definitely don’t want others coming to my blog to think that I have some sort of superiority complex. That is not who I am at all.
As I have analyzed the concepts behind the ‘Incredible Elasti-mom’ and shared stories with amazing mothers, I have concluded that being a mom can, at times, require us to become… well… Incredible! I mean, think about it for a second, We are constantly exerting ourselves, We are also constantly on call, putting in up to 130-ish hours per week of work. I can’t remember the last time I had a “vacation” (let alone a holiday) that didn’t involve deviating from my plan to sit down with a Diet Dr. Pepper, relax with a good book, and soak up the sun. That also goes to say I can’t remember the last time I got at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. I sure have seen moms do some pretty incredible things.
About three years ago the Mullen Agency of Boston posted this job listing online for a “director of operations” position at a company called Rehtom Inc. The requirements sounded nothing short of brutal:
- Standing up almost all the time
- Constantly exerting yourself
- Working from 135 to unlimited hours per week
- Degrees in medicine, finance and culinary arts necessary
- No vacations
- The workload goes up on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and other holidays
- No time to sleep
- Salary = $0
When I first watched this video, I thought, “Who in their right mind would ever apply for this job?” This sounded more like a form of torture, rather than a job. If you haven’t seen this video, then I highly recommend that you watch it. Even if you’ve seen it already, I’d wholeheartedly recommend watching it again. When you look closely at this extensive list of job duties, you quickly conclude that no one could ever do a job like this unless they seriously had some superpowers. This is why I am convinced that mothers are the original Superheroes. In my next post, I would like to explore just a few of the many superpowers that moms have.
— Mrs. Incredible Elasti-Mom
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