The very serious consequences of early maternity leave

Work is stressing me out. I would say more about that but I try not to blog about work. So as not to get in trouble or fired or otherwise limit my career. So I’ll leave it at that. Work is stressing me out.

I have 7 more years before I go out on maternity leave. Did I say years? I meant weeks. It just feels like years. While eating dinner the other night I asked Jason what would be so bad about my leaving the next day. He very calmly and matter-of-factly replied with, “You will lose your benefits.”

Ruby then shot her little pointer finger at me and quite dramatically repeated, “YOU WILL LOSE YOUR BENEFITS!!!”

She went on…

“I WILL TAKE YOUR HEART AND YOUR SONGS!”

And then she took my heart and my songs. This looked like a grabbing motion in my direction, followed by one in the direction of the piano. Complete with sound effects.

“AND I WILL PUT THEM IN MY HEART!” Hand motion towards her chest. Sound effect.

I’m not quite sure what to make of this. We have been reading the E.E Cummings poem I Carry Your Heart With Me so I suppose this could be kind of sweet. Except for sweet wouldn’t accurately describe her tone. I think aggressive… or even violent would be a better fit. Are my songs getting too much of my attention? Cue the Mommy guilt.

In the end I chose to interpret it as funny. Because it was that. And it all kind of worked out anyway when she gave back both my heart and my songs.

(You can listen to those songs over here in case you missed them. By the way.)

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2 thoughts on “The very serious consequences of early maternity leave

  1. Huge hugs. I know that feeling of stressing out about all the things that need to be done before maternity leave. I tried to write down as much as I could and then update everyone on all project statuses. Sending you lots of love as you enter these final few weeks.

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