The Mother Load
My mother, Betty Jane Hull, was born
in 1925—which by my reckoning was about 50
years too early. Like most women of her generation, she was a stay-at-home mom, and like many,
she chafed at the limitations. She was smart and
college educated, but there were few substantive
part-time jobs back then.
When I was in high school, she finally went
back to college to get her master’s degree and
became a technical librarian at a robotics company. It was a good job, but it was hardly the kind
of opportunity she could have had if she were in
the workforce today.
As a kid, I loved having my mother at home.
One of my favorite childhood memories is of her
waiting for me and my brother Josh to get home
from school during the 1965 World Series. Back
then, World Series games were still played during
the day, which meant we would miss the first few
innings while we were in school. When I arrived
home, my mother, who was not a baseball fan,
was sitting at the kitchen table with a yellow note-pad, watching the game and writing down each
play so that we wouldn’t miss a thing.
My brother and I recently spoke about our
childhood, which we both described with the
same word: “ideal.” That was, we agreed, largely
due to our mother.
I wonder from time to time how different my
mother’s life (and my childhood) would have
been if she had had the opportunities that today’s
women have. She certainly might have felt more
fulfilled if she had had a professional career, but I
have no doubt that she would have felt conflicted
(and stressed) with three boys at home.
In this issue of Bethesda Magazine, we write
about the difficult choices that many mothers
face: Should I work or stay at home? If I work,
should I work part time or full time? In our stories,
we look at the nonstop lives of two mothers—one
single, one married—who are attempting to do
it all. We also hear from young mothers on why
they’ve made the choices they’ve made.
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