Being a parent here, in the States, can be so isolating, especially if your kids are little. Whether you are working or not, you spend every waking moment tending to their needs: you feed them and clean their rooms and clothes, you help them with their homework and projects, you take them to all these after-school activities to supplement their, at best, moderate amount of education while at the same time give them the opportunity to socialize more (as you know, play dates over the week are so rare, the idea is almost a taboo), you tend to their emotional needs, you teach them social skills, you love them relentlessly and non-stop, and then you practically whip them to bed because you are dead on your feet and you need them to fall asleep right that minute and instantaneously, and if you still have a drop of energy left you use it to take a proper bath, or (hey, a treat!) if both you and your spouse have a drop of energy left you use it for a memorable quickie; the weekends are for catching up on all the chores you couldn't fit over the week and for family time and play dates; and proper romancing and love-making is probably left for time of company bonuses or tax returns, because your nearest relatives live in three different states, each state tree states away, most of your friends have multiple kids of their own, so adding to their own herds just feels wrong, and you can only budget in a babysitter when you get additional income.
And that's why I decided to blog. I hate isolation, even a temporary one :)
PS I am soooo glad I'm not in school any more. I'd totally get an F for lack of sentence structure :)