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.
- Your eldest daughter, Elisabeth