for a little while at least.
Tomorrow begins my maternity leave. Which actually makes me a bit sad. When HR first asked me when I wanted to leave, I conjured a quizzical look and said, “um, when my water breaks.” Apparently this is abhorrent to Europeans. In fact, it was ‘suggested’ to me I leave 2 months before my due date. As if! There is only so much DVRed Oprah I can watch and ways to prepare lamb for Bryan that I am capable of succeeding at. But this is normal in countries where you can take up to a year leave. People assume you might have a few things to take care of before life turns on its head and sleep deprivation sets in. Imagine if you can. In Amurrica, obviously no woman would start her leave until halfway through labor- and even then someone might ask her to make a few copies on the way out the door. Which, at my old job I am sure I would have been happy to do. No doubt if my water broke there, I would have also had to scrub the carpet myself before exiting. But then, I guess that’s an inside joke.
So to mark my temporary departure, I brought in Krispy Kreme and some homemade red, white & blue star cookies. It’s important at all times to remind people you are American. Coincidentally the only star cookie cutters I could find look suspiciously like Stars of David. Which is really a 2-for-1. Now I have reminded people not to forget the only American Jew in the office.
I suppose I will be back here tomorrow- at my leisure- blogging about daytime television and how fun it is to do errands when places are open!