I heard Amanda Blair finished up on radio today, she has been thinking over the last six months about picking her children up from school, working in the canteen and just generally being Mum. What a gift for her to be able to have the choice, she resigned and left what we would consider quickly. Then Wendy Harmer wrote an article on her about how Amanda was the only female radio host with her own show on commercial radio. how sad is that on International Women’s Day she finishes up..
I have enjoyed Amanda’s radio stints over the years and though have not agreed with all of her opinions, comments, guests and segments it has made for interesting radio. Isn’t that what thinking, working women want, a woman’s woman where we can secretly agree and disagree, where one woman – Amanda can put it out there and say “there I said it’. She would stand by her words and deeds and therefore should have been encouraged to stay (in my opinion). But she is correct you can never get the time back and they only children for a while, it passes in the blink of any eye. She is one of South Australia’s major charity fund-raisers and will continue doing this, a very admirable trait, if only some of her male counterparts were so generous with their time and ‘personality’
Does it get too hard this working mother bit? I think it does, there were times when I wanted to have 5 minutes peace and couldn’t find it except in sleep, even now I find it hard. I love seeing my daughter and I happily travel to Adelaide to spend time with her, I wish I could do it more, but between work at the hospital, my work in the shop and my volunteer hours as well as help out on the farm I sometimes feel I am wearing myself too thin. I get forgetful, get absorbed in my life away from Adelaide and I miss out. This be my fault you say and I agree.
I wish Amanda nothing but the best on her career decision – I believe being a full-time mother to 4 children is a career and may we hear her back on our airways soon. Now 5AA if you want another opinionated loud mouth, you know where to find me