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Home is workplace for mother

September 03, 2000

Home is workplace for mother



By JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Tracy Ritz loves working her 24-hour, seven-day-a-week job.

And she gets the best pay for it - hugs and kisses, said Ritz, a stay-at-home mom and homemaker.

"I love the fact that I can be with my kids and be there for them when they need a kiss or a hug. Those are the true benefits," said Ritz, 34, of Greencastle, Pa.

Being the cook, dishwasher, laundress, teacher, chauffeur and more for daughter, Melia, 5, and son, Luke, 16 months, can be overwhelming at times, but what job isn't, Ritz wrote in an e-mail to The Herald-Mail.

Before becoming a mom Ritz worked as a secretary for an insurance agency.

"I liked it and it was a good job. It was fun. I enjoyed interacting with the people," she said.

Ritz returned to the insurance agency briefly after her daughter was born, but gave it up for her new job at home.

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"It's different, but much more gratifying. You see more of the results, of taking care of your kids and knowing that's where you should be," Ritz said.

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