farm fresh eggs with a side of onion potatoes and beef sausage all to be rolled up in a burrito!I love my role. I can't believe one can see it as unimportant. As I homeschooled the children, I have made 3 meals a day, every day for probably 95% or more of the days. That means I have cooked over 23,000 meals, yet I have never been trained in the culinary arts.
I have been a triage medic for 22 years dealing with the simple bumped head, to broken bones, to one of my boys~age 6 walking from the back fields to the house with a board stuck to his shoe(2 nails), yet never spent a day reading a first aid manual.
I became a N.I.C.U. nurse in 1995 because I had a baby born 10 weeks early . I could do assessments, perform breathing treatments, change tubes, and care for a child that was as small as a ruler. I never sat for any test, yet my training guaranteed I could take this precious wee one home, and if I failed in my training-well, never mind as she is 16 now. Oh I also was very skilled in the apnea/heart monitor and the maintenance of oxygen and proper saturation levels...once again I was not licensed or trained on these.
I have read the works of Shakespeare, Twain, Dickens, Poe, Austin, Frost, and many more without ever stepping beyond my doors, and without critiquing the prose but instead enlightening and sharing with the next generation. Our library consist of a few thousand books and it is filled with many well loved, well read books. Every day books are restacked after I clean, from the couches, the tables and the place in our home that is referred to as the library.
Although I am not a librarian I play one every day.
I have never made a wage cleaning a hotel room, changing the linens, fluffing pillows and freshening up the room, but I perform this every day, over 8,500 days so far.
I organized travel for six people all over the United States, packing absolutely everything and sometimes the kitchen sink, yet never sat in a training seminar to become a travel agent. I have traveled with the same crowd all over Mexico and minus the baby(now 16, all over Europe) and pretty much did so based on critical financial finagling, yet I never sat in a business course.
I have conversed with people in German, French, American Sign Language, and Spanish, without sitting in a course or spending money on Rosetta Stone.
I have met with County Commissioners and secured $40,000 in funding for a youth program without ever being trained as a director of anything. I ran this program until moving to New Mexico not for money but for children living in a county larger than 6 US states and were spread out among four small towns 80 miles apart. The county population was 4,500 people.
I assisted the local sheriffs office during a wildfire that nearly consumed the town we lived near. The massive wildfire was the result of high winds and powerlines. Never being trained to field police/emergency calls, I did so anyhow for nearly 15 hours while my children played and watched television in the courtroom next to the dispatch office.
Without any fundraising background I raised several thousand dollars for the local sheriff's office and was permitted access to the closed Silver State Classic and not only met John Schneider of Dukes of Hazzard fame, but had him donate as well. No I am not a Hollywood insider either.
I not only met Chris Cannon US Representative of Utah, who was part of the committee seeking to impeach President Bill Clinton, but was showered with praise on my children and how absolutely well behaved they were as I took them to a meeting Representative Cannon had in our community. I homeschooled and I took the children ages 2,4,5 and 8. We were the only family and I had the children sit in the front row and although they may not have understand what was happening, they sat as if they were watching the most incredible show ever. Representative Cannon came over to the shock of many and spent time with us. Imagine that, and without any lobby behind me.
Former Governor Mike Leavitt(also former head of EPA, and Secretary of Health and Human Services under George W. Bush), requested that the local newspaper photograph him with the children at another townhall the same year Chris Cannon came to town. He was stunned that his coming had been announced months ahead yet only one group of students came to hear him speak (my group of 4). He was pleased that the education of the children was raised to a bar that did not minimize what a child could learn or participate in, and upon his second visit to the community once again asked for a photo. Both made it to the newspapers. I am not a politician, I sit on no committees regulating the content of textbooks, and have no abilities to influence what if anything is taught in our public schools.
I have painted 4 houses, and far too many rooms to note, yet never been on a construction or team that does these things. I have patched holes in walls, removed popcorn ceiling, built walls, taken down walls, laid flooring, painted floors, built doors, replaced windows, added lighting, replaced water heaters all without a contractors license. I staged one home without any 'staging' training and the first person that came in to the home bought it.
I have organized themed parties whether it be for a birthday, holiday or gathering for upwards of 40 plus people all without any training.
I catered a meal for a volunteer fire department for nearly 80 people and set up, made the decorations as well as planned the menu and cooked everything. I have never been licensed to cater meals.
I have Occupied the family room of most of my homes building far better tent cities than those that are seriously protesting the 1%er's. I have built encampments with the agility and aptitude of the finest field training of our armed forces, using Momgyver methods of clothespins, sheets, and cardboard in ways never imagined. All without attending Basic Training or angst towards anyone.
I organized a Youth Olympics in our town in New Mexico with over 100 participants gathering thirty plus volunteers, garnering donations to purchase ribbons designed by me, as well as 100 cases of water to quench the thirst of the youngsters, and even ensuring we had an ambulance team on standby at the event, even though I have never attended an Olympics.
I have driven a truck that almost requires a footstool for me, towing a trailer as well as a fifth wheel, without any special training and without any incidents...once for a trip of 2200 miles.
I have wrangled snakes in a skirt, because the livelihood of the farm animals as well as my children depended upon this, and I have never been trained on reptile management and dispersal.
I have sewn cloth diapers, bedding, skirts, aprons, pants, shorts, placemats, rugs, pillows, curtains, tablecloths, cloth napkins, mop pads and much more without one course in sewing and design.
I have delivered goats, lambs and well probably everything. I can trim hooves, sheer sheep, care for wounds in my sleep and I have never been to veterinary school.
Without attending any horticultural training courses, I am still able to grow an oasis in the desert. And the yields even surprise me at times.
I am not a scientist in food safety and management but I am able to store foods safely and with ease by water bath canning, pressure canning, dehydrating, pickling or freezing.
I have never worked in a bakery but I am able to make every kind of bread with ease, and sweet confections are whipped out with ease.
I have never attended any negotiation training but I have separated factions far more hostile than those on the world stage-all while telling each side how much I love them, and offer cookies and milk to boot.
I am not an operator but I have fielded calls from everyone and anyone. With ease at times and with children boisterously playing in the background at other times...and for the record, in confidence-I have NEVER bought anything from a phone salesman. It is not a reflection upon their efforts, but more so a reflection on my language abilities and how I can out talk anyone, and I have never been placed in the Guinness Book of World Records for that talent.
Oh and I can unplug a toilet or sink without using a snake faster than one can say RotoRooter, and I have no idea how the plumbing actually works. But what I do understand is that with children these items are far more important than a million dollars.
I have done all these things because I see my role as what it is and refuse to be told it is unimportant and that far greater things await me outside the home, as I am a housewife. I am not bored. I wish I had less to do at times, as I have heard many times how easy being a housewife is. I wish at times I was in a more specialized job, such as a doctor, airline pilot, politician, or banker but I am diversified and I am counting on major returns on my efforts so therefore when one wonders how I am able to accomplish something, or how I can think of something I must respond this way: After 23 years of training and specializing in so many arenas, I confess that it is like breathing for me.
Signed Wife of Bill and mother of First (US soldier), Second(Fireman), Third (Lab Tech-training in med field), and Fourth 16 taking college courses awaiting anything and everything she desires.