Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Earlier this month, Ryshell Castleberry, a tattoo artist living in Port Richey, FL, shared a touching message on Facebook, highlighting the countless reasons that stay-at-home moms deserved to be recognized for their selflessness.
They are the ones who wake early, who feed the kids and change the diapers, who prepare the food and go on errand runs, who clean the house and play with the kids, for days, weeks, and years on end.
To date, the open letter has been “liked” over 500,000 times, and has been shared nearly 200,000 times.
The letter opens up with an imagined conversation between a husband and a psychologist. The husband starts by complaining about how easy his wife has it, being at home all day.
However, the message ends up having a pretty wonderful and touching twist, one that’s bound to leave you with a significant impression of all the hardworking, dedicated parents out there.
Scroll down to read an adaptation of this heartwarming note to all mothers and dedicated parents, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Tribute to stay-at-home moms
“Psychologist: ‘What do you do for a living, Mr. Rogers?’
“Husband: ‘I work as an accountant in a bank.’
“P: ‘Your wife?’
“H: ‘She doesn’t work. She’s a housewife.’
“P: ‘Who makes breakfast for your family?’
“H: ‘My wife, because she doesn’t work.’
“P: ‘What time does your wife wake?’
“H: ‘She wakes up early because it has to be organized. She organizes the lunch for the children, ensures that they are well-dressed and combed, that they had breakfast, brushed their teeth, and [taken] all their school supplies. She wakes with the baby and changes diapers and clothes. She breastfeeds and makes snacks, as well.’”
Tribute to stay-at-home moms
“P: ‘How do your children get to school?’
“H: ‘My wife takes them to school, because she doesn’t work.’
“P: ‘After taking the children to school, what does she do?’
“H: ‘She usually takes a while to figure out something that she can do while she is out, so she doesn’t have to pack and unpack the car seat too many times. She drops off bills or makes a stop at the supermarket. Once back home, she has to feed the baby lunch and breastfeed again, get the baby’s diaper changed and ready for a nap, sort the kitchen, and then take care of laundry and cleaning. You know, because she doesn’t work.’”
Tribute to stay-at-home moms
“P: ‘In the evening, after returning home from the office, what are you doing?’
“H: ‘Rest, of course. Well, I’m tired after working all day in the bank.’
“P: ‘What does your wife do at night?’
“H: ‘She makes dinner, serves my children and me, washes the dishes, organizes the home, and makes sure the dog is ready for bed. After helping the children with homework, she prepares them for sleep. She changes the baby’s diapers, gives the kids warm milk, and checks that they brushed their teeth. Once in bed, she wakes frequently to continue to breastfeed, and possibly to change a diaper if needed. All this, because she doesn’t have to get up for work.’”
Tribute to stay-at-home moms
The conversation ends here.
Afterward, Castleberry adds her own thoughts, and says:
“This is the daily routine of many women all over the world. It starts in the morning, and continues until the wee hours of the night. This is called ‘doesn’t work’?!
She continues, “Being a housewife has no diplomas, but has a key role in family life! Enjoy and appreciate your wife, mother, grandma, aunt, sister, daughter… because their sacrifice is priceless.”
“Someone [will ask a mother]: ‘Are you a woman who works, or are you just a housewife?’ And she will reply:
“I work as a wife of the home, 24 hours a day.
“I am a mother, a woman, and a daughter.
“I am the alarm clock, the cook, the maid, and the master.
“I am the bartender, the babysitter, the nurse, and the manual worker.
“I am a security officer, an advisor, a comforter.
“I don’t have a vacation, I don’t have a license for disease.
“I don’t have a day off. I work day and night, and I’m on duty all the time.
“I don’t receive a salary. Even so, I often hear the phrase, ‘But what do you do all day?’
“This is dedicated to all the women who give their lives for the welfare of their families.
“These women are like salt: their presence is not remembered, but their absence makes everything left without flavor.
“Share with all the beautiful ladies of your life.”
Tribute to stay-at-home moms
There are some people (working mothers, in particular), who have taken this message the wrong way, wondering why Castleberry dedicated the note solely to stay-at-home mothers.
To this, Castleberry points out that anyone should “read the message and replace the words with words that fit [their] situation.”
Any parent should be appreciated for their efforts, devotion, and love.
Please SHARE this amazing message with all parents out there, whether they work outside or inside the home!


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