I just got home at about 8:45 this evening, after a meeting with my social justice group. We are planning a meeting to address the achievement gap in our communities' schools. We are also starting to get some ideas for advocacy and new programs.
Before that, I had the meeting with confirmation parents, to get ready for the new year.
Before that, I had a meeting with the confirmation guides, ditto above.
Before that, I went home, let the dog out, and fed her. (my husband did the same thing, so she's FULL tonight.)
Before that, I worked on organizing my desk, returned emails, and emailed people.
Before that, I had lunch.
Before that, I worked on a brochure for the achievement gap forum.
My day started at 7:30 a.m., as I prepared for our Wednesday Matins worship.
I'm exhausted today. And I'm "only" a pastor. I'm not the governor of the State of Alaska. I don't have five children (one of whom is a special needs child), and I didn't fire the staff at the mansion so that I could do my own cooking and cleaning. I do my own cooking or cleaning, although I confess that I don't do it to my own satisfaction.
Obviously, I don't think it is impossible to have a career and a family. In fact, I think those kinds of insinuations are sexist. But I do wonder: is it healthy for women to get the impression that they should, or even that they can, do it all?
Because I can't. Do it all, I mean. And I'm exhausted tonight, even without doing it all.