"It's rare for most families to have dad at home for dinner, to see him in the mornings, to have him there when you go to bed at night, just to be able to have the casual conversations that happen about life at dinnertime. It's more normal than we've had for a very long time."
Michelle Obama is this week's TIME magazine cover girl. She talks about her life in the White House, putting her career on hold, and what it's like having her husband home for dinner every night. It's funny -- even though she's the First Lady, her life seems to be calmer and more relaxed than ours! When was the last time you heard of anyone having dinner together every single night? Granted, she's got lots of help, but one would think running the country might take up most of the day! How does she do it?
Michelle suspended her career in favor of helping her husband get elected. She has gotten her daughters settled in their new environment, and she plants gardens, invites teachers and friends over to their home, and visits them too. As for what she envisioned her role as First Lady to be: "... One of the things that I thought was, well, how powerful would it be for young girls to come into this space and hear from other really powerful, impressive, dynamic women and to have that conversation go on here in the White House? ... I always thought whenever we invited somebody in, I wanted to go out to their space too. I wanted that to be a mutual exchange, that it's not just people coming here where I live but it's me going out to where they live." Maybe we can learn a thing or two from Michelle, who seems to be at peace in her new role as political wife and mom.
Does Michelle Obama inspire you?