Motherhood? Overrated?

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Please allow me this opportunity to air a rebuttal to the hysterically myopic letter that appeared in the May 30 paper, written by Michael Ledo (“Ann Romney had it easy”). I also have five boys and am insulted that Mr. Ledo considers my job as a mother “overrated.” I can only hope that he is confusing the terms “motherhood” and “secretary,” and is basing his analysis of the ease and glamour of running a household on one’s ability to write a check to the maid.

All that aside – I’m sure the Romneys have a well-staffed home – the job of motherhood goes far beyond the joy of switching over the laundry and getting the dishwasher unloaded. That’s the easy part. Whether a woman works outside of the home or not, the care and feeding of children involves a to-do list of training and teaching that is so overwhelming in its breadth and scope that it takes one’s breath away.

While I am offended (but also amused) that Mr. Ledo considers Ann Romney a “gross underachiever” for not pursuing a career to try to balance with motherhood, I will tell you from personal experience that there is simply no contest. My job as book author and talk show co-host pales in comparison to the challenge of being a mother to my children. What I am tasked with as their mother – not just meeting their personal needs but also training them for the future – makes motherhood the most daunting career on the market. Toddlers seem intent on seeking out bodily harm. A mother gets just enough time to gather her wits before the toddler becomes a teen with that same insatiable desire for danger.

Motherhood is exhausting. It’s also beautiful and challenging and not for wimps. Motherhood is only overrated by the people who have no clue what motherhood is really all about.

Rachel Balducci

Augusta

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ultrarnr
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ultrarnr 05/31/12 - 11:22 pm
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Well Said
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A really good letter.

Thank you

Retired Army
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Retired Army 05/31/12 - 11:24 pm
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Ledo, that was dumb.

Ledo, that was dumb.

burninater
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burninater 05/31/12 - 11:27 pm
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My job as book author and

My job as book author and talk show co-host pales in comparison to the challenge of being a mother to my children.
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Say it ain't so! And to think all the talking heads act like they're making such a productive contribution to American prosperity ...

southernguy08
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southernguy08 06/01/12 - 06:38 am
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RETIRED ARMY
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Agree totally, but what can you say, he's a liberal.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 06/01/12 - 08:14 pm
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Someone actually answered the
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Someone actually answered the very dumb letter from the other day. No need, everyone knew how ignorant that piece was.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 06/01/12 - 02:01 pm
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Way to go, Rach. It's so nice

Way to go, Rach. It's so nice to get an intelligent, balanced reply that addresses such nonsense as Ledo managed to have put out for public consumption.

Ecce quam bonum!

raul
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raul 06/01/12 - 10:49 pm
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@Fiat_lux. Are you a

@Fiat_lux. Are you a University of the South, Swanee grad?

KSL
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KSL 06/01/12 - 11:30 pm
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Raul, I think I would like to

Raul, I think I would like to get to know you better. That place has very special meaning for me.

And Fiat is a good friend.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 06/06/12 - 09:47 pm
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Yes, Raul.

I am. YSR.

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