Friday, October 3, 2008

Sarah Palin vs. My Mother

Sarah Palin and my Mother are very similar in many ways. They are within a few years age of each other. Both have been very active in politics and both definitely lean towards the more conservative side of the Republican party. Mrs. Palin has a bachelors degree, my Mother has a doctorate in law. They both live on the west coast. So far it seems like these ladies are very like each other.

Both Sarah Palin and my Mother have more than the average 2.5 kids. Mrs. Palin has five kids ranging from ages 19 to 5 months. My Mother has six kids ranging from 19 to 18 months. I'm the same age as Mrs. Palin's oldest son Track, and my brother is the same age as Mrs. Palin's oldest daughter, Bristol. (We do, however, lack the rockin' names.) Sarah Palin is a hockey mom, my Mother is a soccer/softball/baseball mom.

But their similarities end there. Sarah Palin and my Mother have made very different choices in their lives. Mrs. Palin has decided that in addition to her duties as a wife and mother she would also like to pursue a political career. She has been the Governor of Alaska for two years, and is currently Sen. John McCain's vice presidential running mate. My Mother, however, gave up her career as a lawyer to be a full time wife and mother.

My Mother is one of the most intelligent women I know. Whatever her faults, my Mom is smart. And what's more, she's informed. With her degree in law and knowledge of government she could easily have pursued a career in politics as well. But she chose, instead, to stay home and be a full time mother to myself and my five siblings. In addition, she chose not to put me in public school but to educate me herself at home where I could constantly observe her operating in the real world.

The hobbies and activities that my Mom gave up to make sure that my life would be better than hers was are plentiful. I am so grateful to my mother for all her time that she laid down to spend with me. I'm sure that Sarah Palin's kids love and support her. But I can't help feeling a little sorry for them. Their mother chose to sacrifice her time with them to pursue her career. My mother chose to sacrifice her career to pursue time with me.

Thank-you, Mom.
- Your eldest daughter, Elisabeth


  1. Your mom's life was wasted!

  2. What a good perspective, Elisabeth! I too am glad that my mom gave up a career in order to educate me. Such a life is never wasted.

  3. We are so blessed to have such wonderful mothers. Your mother has done an excellent job teaching you guys and is a wonderful person.

    You guys have cool names too!


  4. See it is possible for you to be nice!;)

    On a more serious note. I as well am so blessed to have a mother who chose to stay home for us. I truly believe that homeschooling me is the best thing they have ever done for me.

  5. That was a really sweet post, Elisabeth. It's funny how similar two people can seem to be at first- but still be so different.

  6. That's a great comparison/contrast. Your mom is one of the most intelligent women I know, too. Gosh, I miss her!

  7. It kind of hurts me that you are implying that your mom was a better mother than mine because she stayed home with you instead of working.

    this line is especially confusing for me: The hobbies and activities that my Mom gave up to make sure that my life would be better than hers was are plentiful.

    Wasn't your mother a Lawyer? usually when people say "So my life would be better than hers" they mean that their parents sacrificed so that they could get an education and therefore have an easier life. I don't get what you mean by this.

    Also, I am commenting as anonymous because i know you in real life and don't want you to be mad at me :/

  8. Firstly, I would like to say that I was not comparing my mother to anyone but Sarah Palin, and even there I don't feel I could say that she was a "better mother" than her. Rather, that her choice of staying home was better for me than if she chose to work. It was not my intention to say that she is better than other mothers as much as to say that I'm grateful to her for the way she chose to raise me.

    My Mom went to law school as a means to support our family when my Dad abandoned us, rather than our of a desire to have a career. When she remarried she chose to stay home once more.

    I do feel that by homeschooling me my mom gave me a better education (both academically, socially, and spiritually) than I would have received at a public school and thereby gave me a better start to life than she had.

    I hope that clears things up and you no longer feel as though I am judging other mothers. This post was written out of gratefulness not judgment.

    P.S. Please don't feel like you have to keep your opinions a secret in order for us to be friends in real life. That's not the case, I promise :)


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