The Largest Career of All by Bethany Patchin

The Largest Career of All

Bethany Patchin on Motherhood

"How many of you want to be at-home moms?” The question, from my tenth-grade English teacher, was directed at the females in the room. We made up over half of the class of 25 sophomores. I proudly raised my hand, then waited for at least a few others to join me. The room was completely still. Everyone stared at me.

Four years later not much has changed. Marriage is closer than ever for my peers, yet only a few of the young women I come into contact with admit they would postpone a career for children. Those who do, confide in me only after I’ve told them of my own feelings. They seem relieved to find a contemporary who doesn’t mock . . .