Firstly, I have a wonderful announcement. This Stepford wife has a job! For those of you who do not understand my sense of humor, no, I am not a Stepford wife. Not in the literal sense anyway. I love the workingwoman and I know well what it means to work just to pay the bills. I do, however, celebrate the traditions of the 1950s where mothers took care of their children, cooked dinner and maintained a clean home.
This year was the first time since I was seventeen that I have officially been unemployed. It was actually a liberating experience and taught me to redirect my energies toward my husband and his career. Truth is, being unemployed isn’t easy. Not when you are well in debt, thanks to your college education. At seventeen I committed to the University of Miami and never once considered whether or not I would be able to pay back my loans. Interestingly enough, I actually received an academic scholarship from the “U” that covered a third of my education. On top of that, I was awarded a Florida resident scholarship from Bright Futures. Somehow though, I graduated with debt – a lot of debt.
Since rushing through school and graduating early back in December 2008, I have worked hard just to pay these loans. It’s not glamorous, but it’s a reality; one I am more than willing to admit. Anyhow, all year I have been considering careers that would afford me the opportunity to travel with David. I may have a ton of college debt, but no amount of money is worth more than time with my husband. I’ve given up many jobs and even stopped selling real estate, which would’ve easily helped pay off my loans in a few years, to spend these critical times alongside my best friend. These decisions weren’t made without hesitation, but in the end everything has worked out for the best.
After a lot of praying and much inspiration, I have begun freelancing as a writer. I have often considered going back to school to get a masters in creative writing but I revert to…oh, those loans. I’ve decided I don’t want to continue spending money on my education. At least not right now. I’m not a perfect writer and I still have a world of improving to do, but it is one thing I truly enjoy doing. For me, writing doesn’t feel like job. Isn’t that how it’s supposed to be? This is the first time in my life that I have actually done something that doesn’t feel like work.
Sure, if David…oh wait…”when” David makes it to the Majors, my student loans will be an after thought and working won’t be necessary, but still, I have long envisioned myself as a writer and to say it is my dream job would be an understatement. Think, “Something’s Gotta Give.” Diane Keaton plays a writer who spends her days and nights writing from her beach house. Who wouldn’t love that?! I realize my first and most important job is to be my husband’s wife and eventually the mother of our children. For now I have my zoo to keep me busy in the mothering department. The greatest thing about freelancing is that I get to control how often I write and increase or decrease my workload as necessary. In the end it’s the perfect gig for moi.
On to what I really wanted to cover in this post, – I know, I’m sorry, this post is long – the searches that bring people to my blog. WordPress is a great host website and includes stats analysis. These analyses include search criteria that direct traffic to your blog. For sometime now, I have seen the most interesting searches directing traffic to my page and I wanted to address a few of those.
A few months back, I wrote a blog questioning whether athletes make too much money. Despite my inherent bias, I cannot argue that to be the case. Since I published that post, however, I get endless searches every single day that look like…”Do athletes and entertainers make too much money?” “Why do athletes make so much money?” “Professional athletes get paid too much money.” That last one was a statement, not even a question. Shall we address this again? For those of you who follow my twitter, you have probably deduced that I lean Republican. I believe in free enterprise. Let me repeat that, I believe in free enterprise. Now, that isn’t the only reason I stand where I do politically but I will spare my readers my thoughts on that. Back to professional sports, which are…you guessed it! – BUSINESSES. It is safe to say that even if David never plays a single day in the big leagues, I will feel the exact same way I do now. I do not get upset when I see actors and actresses take home $20MM for a single film nor do I think it is wrong.
As consumers, we buy into the films and sporting events that subsequently drive immense amounts of revenue back to the pockets of these individuals. If it weren’t for the actors or athletes, there wouldn’t be anything driving our interest and if it weren’t for our interest, there wouldn’t be a demand. It’s basic economics. I guess that UM degree has come in handy after all. I love this country so much because it gives everyone the ability to get out and work hard to achieve the American dream. I could really go into why these “entertainers” are well deserving of their money for a year, but I’m over it. The people who don’t comprehend it are the same people who believe in spreading the wealth. See how well that worked in say, CUBA? Conceptually beautiful; realistically flawed.
Moving on. A hilarious search that somehow found my blog was, “Why do baseball wives think they are so great?” Well, that one still has me amused. I will pair that with a few similar searches such as, “MLB wives,” “Minor League baseball wives,” “life as a baseball wife.” There are far too many of these searches to mention, and you wonder why we baseball wives think we are so great?! Relax, I jokeeeee. We baseball wives do not think we are “so great.” Well, maybe a few do, but the ones I have met are nothing short of amazing. You will always have a few rotten apples in a bunch, but to pigeonhole us in that manner would be completely inaccurate. I do want thank those viewers who are genuinely interested in learning more about baseball wives – you have given me a great purpose for writing.
Another question that was being asked on the web was, “why do so many baseball players live in Arizona?” I can tell you that Arizona is the spring training location for half the teams in baseball. For this reason, many baseball players live in the city their spring training takes place. This really simplifies traveling when you consider how much moving a baseball player does in a single season. Nevertheless, not every player lives near their team’s spring training hub in the off-season. Many of David’s colleagues – now that sounds funny – live in their hometowns to be close to family.
Lastly, I had to touch on these recent search terms, “are wives of professional athletes all crazy?” Mhm. Well, it depends on what you mean by crazy. If you are talking about “Baseball Wives” crazy then no, but if you mean crazy for living this life, then yes! Presume what you will from that. Regardless, I love it!
Peace and love to all – even those of you voting for BO. It may take a while, but I’ll get over it. Love you still.