If you don’t need to work to live, why work?
“Your father,” she said, “never spent a penny of his money on you. You were in ratty clothes, all but rags, but he drove a nice new car.”
At 80, since she has run through her own cash, the mom thinks it’s fair to spend her daughter’s. Meanwhile the daughter keeps cycling through the five stages of grief: denial, resentment, anger, guilt, giving in.
FT work can be exhausting. FT work and raising kids is like being outside in a hurricane.
The daycare profiled in this Pacific Standard piece is just one of the numerous 24-hour daycare options; in this case, a warm and welcoming space where children sleep on “thin mattresses laid over yoga mats” every night; where parents are welcome to drop off and pick up their children at any time except between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m., during which the daycare owners and the children all get a few hours of uninterrupted sleep.
What is this impulse to slap a smiley-face at the end of a story when a period will suffice?
How is a childless man supposed to compete against all those dads? Well, one man reportedly tried to create a fake family.
The Washington Post has an interesting look at the gap between what we say we want and what our lives look like when it comes to working and childcare. In that gap, otherwise known as reality, are things like MONEY, societal expectation, and circumstance.
“We had a happy life. I would say I really had a very happy one, even though we lived in poverty, on food stamps, government cheese, and sometimes the food pantry shelf,” said Strayed.