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No, I will not apologize for missing work due to my sick baby

No, I will not apologize for attending her school Halloween party

No, I will not apologize for leaving early for his baseball game

No, I will not apologize for not putting in those late hours from office but at night from home

No, I will not apologize for shedding tears after drop offs

No, I will not apologize for looking forward to pickups

No, I will not apologize for trying to do it all.
Work outside of home while being a mom

Yes, the choices I make, are my own, I recognize
And no, I am not asking you to sympathize or even empathize

But, no I will not apologize for my motherhood driven absences
For when I am present, I thwart storms and move mountains.

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Written on behalf of all my fellow mommas who juggle these two worlds beautifully but still feel guilty and apologetic.