The Electric Buzz
Working Mother finds Joy in her Quiet LifeMonday, January 30, 2012 By Millie Tullis
Megan Niemann is in many ways an average and important example of a young, working mother. She is a significant and wonderful person in most every life she touches, perhaps most importantly, in the life of her three-year-old boy and husband. Megan was born in Logan, Utah and though she moved around as her parents attended school in the East and then worked in the Northwest she returned to Northern Utah for most of her early education. She graduated from Mountain Crest High School and on November 7, 2008 she was married to her high school sweetheart, Tyson Niemann. She currently lives again in Logan, Utah. They are renting a small home next to a local park and picks up shifts at a local restaurant to help ease the financial burden of her husband’s schooling and their general living expenses. She describes this work as “madness.” It is a fairly busy, social and unpredictable environment. It is really fun for the same reasons it can be stressful and frustrating. She enjoys working with the other young girls, some young mothers, but struggles with the loose structure and often- frustrating plight of a waitress. She finds that her every day joys come through her husband and young son, Jace Tyson Niemann. She is usually awakened by Jace at eight o’clock (he has recently graduated to a “big boy” bed which is therefore more easily crawled out of) and he will whisper to her loudly, “morning now, Mama!!” She will fix him breakfast and play with him for most of her day. He loves to watch movies and snuggle, read books, and play with their dog Miko, a fluffier member of the small family. In the summer Megan will take him on long walks and play in their park, feed ducks and sometimes walk far enough to visit Granny at work. When Jace takes his afternoon nap she finds a small amount of time to herself; to clean, read, nap or paint. Niemann is an amazing artist, and was in the Art Walk in downtown Logan last fall. She expressed that even though being a mother is her number one priority right now, she still really enjoys her art as a creative venue and hopes to someday pursue it more faithfully. However, her favorite part of her still relatively new life is being a mother. It is impressive, in a world where many women never wish to be mothers, and many others fail to take the job seriously, that Niemann puts her son first. She finds great pleasure with her son, and loves watching grow. “I enjoy playing with Jace and getting to know him as he grows up and changes… as he becomes his own person.” In her simple but striking way, she is a great example to everyone she touches. She is kind and artistic, gentle as well as playful. She is her son’s best friend, and spends all of her extra time and energy helping him learn about the world around him and better grow in it. She hopes to someday be able to quit her job and stay home full time, as well as have more children someday; she looks forward to the possibility of her little family growing.