"So, how do you occupy your days?"
I had to sign some insurance papers today and the agent asked me that question.
"Oh...welll...you know...I don't know."
He totally stumped me! I had no idea how to answer that question.
I know he was just making small talk, but it made me laugh. There was a time in my life when answering that question the right way was extremely important to me. Now, it doesn't matter even one tiny bit.
It's funny because I had just been thinking about how I would be spending my days if our lives had taken a different path and we hadn't become parents.
Patrick called me from Brooklyn this weekend and said, "I wish you were here."
We say that to each other a lot. He loves New York and I love my husband so we'll probably never live in the same city, but it would be fun to be neighbors. As usual, I answered him, "Awww. Me too."
But then he stumped me.
"If you didn't have the kids, would you have come to New York while your husband is deployed?"
I think he was expecting an, "Oh, yes, of course. That would have been fun!" kind of answer. But he unknowingly set off a think bomb in my brain.
What would I be doing if I didn't have kids?
I probably wouldn't have been able to take off for New York because I either would have joined the military myself (I had thought about it), or I'd have some other job with limited vacation time. Or maybe I would have been a writer who could work from anywhere. Or maybe even, as Patrick suggested, I would be doing the military wife/charity volunteer thing that I'm doing now anyway.
It boggles the mind.
But I can't think about it for too long, because I have to go occupy my day. I think the next time someone asks me that question I need to have a better answer than, "Blogging and surfing porn."