April 12, 2016
Our work group had worked for months. It promised to be one of the biggest events of the spring semester and that morning my son got sick. We were hosting the senior senator from Massachusetts: Elizabeth Warren for a noontime talk. Whatever your politics, getting to meet a national political figure and to see her in person was a treat and a once in a lifetime chance.
I hoped that I could get my teenager settled and then dash to the office for the event. Every parent has had this experience where the needs of your child directly conflict with the needs of the office. Could I make the 2 mile trek to the office and be back in between his repeated rushes to the bathroom? Nah. As the minutes ticked by, it became clear that my place was with him.
Since we webcast these talks live, I figured I could watch it from home. The boy snuggled up against me as I propped my laptop up on my knees in the den, where he was resting under blankets.
We watched it together.
The conversation with Senator Warren ranged from stories about the political climate in Washington to what has made her a middle class champion to funding scientific research.
“What’s NIH?” my teenager asked.
“It is a government agency that gives money to scientists to do research that might help find a cure for cancer and other diseases,” I said.
So just like that, my disappointment of not being there in person evaporated.
In the span of a year, I became a mother, stepmother to three, and a wife. It was a happy jumble, but a maelstrom, a whirling dervish and a heart pounding collision of roles and perspectives. Helpful it was not — according to every blended or step-family resource I consulted — that the stepmother typically […]
Thank you, Derek. My son named our dog after you. An act of heresy, some would say, since we live three miles from Fenway Park, the heart of Red Sox Nation. When I walk our two year old chocolate Lab, Jeter, down Beacon street, I have been a little sheepish when asked his name. “At […]
Our weather-man is life-work balanced. Earlier this week on his weather blog, David Epstein urged everyone to get outside. New England weather is notoriously changeable. In the fall especially, the temperature differential can be up to 30 degrees on two consecutive days. It can be Indian summer or a Nor-easter can be barreling up the […]
European countries, Scandanavia in particular, are hailed for progressive attitudes toward work life balance and maternity leave. However, the labor minister in one of Germany’s populous states missed the mark. He did so in an effort to hit the target. Guntram Schneider, the labor minister for north Rhine-Westphalis is calling for an anti-stress law that […]