The other day I was on the phone trying to make an appointment for a specific day and time. The woman asked me if I work. With hardly a pause, I replied "Yes"
A couple minutes later a trickle of doubt came to mind. I know what the woman meant. Do I get up, get out of the house and go to a place that rewards me for my time and effort with a paycheck? If she asked in that way, I would have to say no.
But if you define work as a full schedule of responsibilities that others are depending on you for, a backlog of projects demanding time, and a detrimental effect for days if I have to take off work. . . then I work.
I am not trying to say my life is the same as a mom who works outside the home. They are different, but they are both hard. I am thankful for the privileges and perks that come with being a stay-at-home homeschool mom. But I would be lying if I said there weren't days that I wished I could be in a place where toys are not perpetually strung across the floor and have lunch with adults that have other topics besides legos and star wars.
So, lady on the phone, I may not work in the way you do. But my time is valuable and limited, like you. So, yes. I work.