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Wine Uncorks Mom Regret

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The Mediocre Mama: My girlfriends and I have this game... the more wine we drink, the more we dissect our lives.

Red wine in a wine glass

On a rare night out, I get together with two friends I've known -- like forever -- and we talk about anything and everything. And like every other time we meet, the topics get more real as we toss back the Cabernet. But last time we went out, one innocent question -- and a few bottles later -- brought us to tears.

If you had all the money in the world, would you live the same life?

Tara, who somehow juggles an incredible career and motherhood with such ease you alternate between loving and hating her, started the discussion. She would absolutely live her life the same way -- same house, same job, same kids -- all of it. She was happy with her choices - 100%.

Sheri, on the other hand, broke down. While the alcohol may not have helped matters, she confessed that her choice to work was killing her -- that she resented her husband for not being motivated to bring in more money and she spent every morning driving to work with tears streaming down her face -- wishing she were volunteering at her kid's school and baking cookies with her toddler instead.

As for me, the question shook me to the core. Am I living the life I've always wanted? Would I do things differently? I still don't have the answer.

What about you?

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4 comments so far | Post a comment now
Wendi October 26, 2008, 4:29 PM

I would be the same. Even though there are struggles and time constraints due to my hubby going to work and school. All in all we are happy with our lives and the only thing that would change is that we would not to worry about a budget so much. We are not people who require a lot of material things, so it would work for us.

Anonymous October 26, 2008, 4:44 PM

I would still work part time but have the flexibility to do all the things with the kids. I like to get out of the house and use my brain but working full time forces me to miss all the things that mean most to me.

Vivian October 26, 2008, 6:27 PM

I would still make most of the same choices simply because I want to be here, now, with my kids. I could certainly have made a lot of smarter decisions but I love my kids and I wouldn’t change us for anything despite the divorce and all of the other hardships!

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