VP of Domestic Affairs
That is the title I have given myself for the role I play at Thomas Inc. I never liked the term “housewife” as it sounds so 1950ish or “SAHM”–because there is so much more that I do. Also, my life took an unexpted turn (a good one, I suppose) off the road I planned to take.
I am a wife, mother, friend, daughter. I do the shopping, meal planning, cooking. I clean (although not very well). Laundry is my nemisis. I’m a taxi service. I schedule playdates, date-nights, service calls, after school activities, doctor visits, vet visits, vacations. I do all the travel planning–I’m good at that and I love doing it! I decorate and shop for the house. You know..those little details that make a house a home. I play nurse, mediator, homework helper. I play accountant by managing the bills and the checkbook. I handle telemarketers.
I’m sure there are many more things on my list. My title requires me to be on-call 24/7, 365 days a year, although I do manage to get a few days off here and there. Sick time is a minimum.
According to salary.com, I should be making approx. $116,000 per year. That sounds about what a VP of Domestic Affairs should make. (snicker, snicker). Although I don’t directly pocket that, there is job security. And each year I seem to get more and more “mommy days off” which is nice!
Several people have asked why I’m not CEO. I reserve that for the big-guy who brings home the big bucks. But I do hold veto power. ;>)