Monday, June 15, 2009

In praise of the childless: the workforce heroes

Non-breeders work every bank holiday
You’d never guess that behind her forced smile, as she enthuses over another potty-training anecdote or soothes a colleague’s hysterics over a departing nanny — “She’s pregnant! How could she do this to me?” — that really she’s thinking: “Oh, change the record you self-absorbed loon.”

I’m a parent but as it happens I sympathise wholeheartedly. Not only because I remember, pre-child, what it was like spending all those Christmas Days office-bound, those sunny Bank Holidays eating triangular Esso service station egg sandwiches while imagining smug family rounders games on the heath, but also because I share her view that non-breeders are frequently the forgotten heroes of the workforce.
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