John's Jejune Journal

As I was sitting in the empty office today working quietly all by myself, I got to thinking about how often parents rely on others at work to cover for them while dealing with kid-issues. A co-worker of mine finally got back from picking up his young son from his day camp a little after 2PM – after being gone about 3-hours – due to some unexpected emergency. The kid was smiling and looking perfectly content, so whatever the problem was I doubt that it was life threatening in any way. The thing is; this co-worker (and yes, he is male) comes in late, leaves early or rushes off to deal with one of his two sons probably once or twice a week on average. From my perspective it is constant.

I am sure that every parent would counter that they don’t plan to miss work and that they…

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