These are my boots. They have steel toes:
I wore them yesterday for the first time in almost three years when I went out "in the field" to visit a highly complex and widely publicized environmental project that earlier this week, made national headlines. In my new role, I've made the decision that if I'm going to work outside of the home at this stage in my children's life, I'm going to make it a top priority to get IN THE FIELD at least once a month so that I can re-connect with nature and remember why it is that I pursued not only my educational path, but this specific line of work as an environmental geologist. When I came home last night and told the children about my day, they were amazed. While curled up in my arms they gazed up at me and said, "Mom, you're like a superhero for the earth! We're so proud of you!"
And with that .... it felt like the 11,281 hours that I've spent working while my children have been busy growing up were not entirely in vain.