May 11th, 2009
by Terri Libenson
Instead of focusing on a single strip in this blog entry, I thought itâ€™d be fun to share brief commentary on anÂ entire bunch.
This one is close to my heart. Iâ€™ve come to realize that â€“ despite its obvious advantages — working from home is extremely isolating. Before kids, I never thought I could do it. Thankfully, the benefits outweigh the disadvantages. But I do remember the first year of not having coworkers to share banter withâ€¦very hard to get used to. The service people that rang my doorbell knew to stay clear.
I threw this one in here because I was surprised by the enormous reaction to it. I love this stripâ€¦itâ€™s one of those that hit home with so many women. I guess we all need to know that weâ€™re not the only ones who lose it sometimes…or even moreÂ than sometimes.
Okay, this one Iâ€™m just plain embarrassed about. Turns out I made a huge grammatical error â€“ and it took a couple of retired English teachers to point it out via email (separately, mind you). Soâ€¦can you non-English/journalism majors spot the mistake?
The error is the word â€œamount.â€ Amount pertains to measurement. â€œNumberâ€ wouldâ€™ve been the correct word since it pertains to numerical value. Did anyone else know this?? I claim pure ignorance and stupidity.
Iâ€™m always fascinated by the so-called mommy wars. I know there are judgmental types who stigmatize working moms or stay-at-home moms. But I wonder if this sort of battle is as prevalent as it may have once been.
My question is: is there anyone out there who regularly experiences this type of â€œdiscriminationâ€? I did (but not overtly) when my kids were much younger. Nowadays, Iâ€™m in my little cartoonist shell and donâ€™t get out much, so Iâ€™m not really subjected to it anymore. Also, I think as women mature as mothers, we become a little more relaxed and open to different styles of parenting. We also become members of the â€œbeen there, done thatâ€ club,Â which mellows our outlook.Â Â At least,Â that’s what I’ve observedÂ with myself and friends. Soâ€¦what do you think?
*Update: I haveÂ a funÂ (well, for me, anyway) story line coming outÂ in July. Make sure your local paper doesnâ€™t shut down before then!
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