I think I have kind of touched on the subject of stay at home mothering here before, but I feel like talking about it again. Bear with me.
Did you know that I am a stay at home mother? I am. I spend my days with these two girls.
Did you know that I am also an artist? I make and sell art. Check it out here.
My husband is a curator and an artist. His curatorial job is rather high profile in our community and he is often invited to art related events. While I attend these events (often with two girls in tow) if I happen to mention that I am a stay at home mother I can seriously watch the conversation end before my eyes. I have seen many people just drop out of the conversation with an, "Oh, that's nice." While I am not trying to rag on people it is certainly frustrating for me. Why isn't it enough? Are they afraid that I only know how to talk about my kids (no way, that's what my blog is for, wink)?
If, on the other hand, I mention that I am involved in the art world (I teach art history at the college, I spend one day a week painting at a local gallery, I teach classes at the art museum, I teach private lessons, I sell my art) people are suddenly far more interested in me and suddenly they want to talk to me. What's up with that? Aren't they worried I will talk endlessly about paint and dead artists?
I am not sure how I feel about the whole thing . Am I guilty of doing the same to others?! I certainly hope not, but suspect I have done so in the past.
What are your thoughts?