Friday, March 18, 2011


Mary told me a drug rep I like was up front, so I went to sign for samples and say hi.

Mrs. Rep: "Sign here... How have you been?"

Dr. Grumpy: "Fine. I thought your kids were on Spring Break this week?"

Mrs. Rep: "They are."

Dr. Grumpy: "Oh, I thought you'd said you were taking this week off to spend time with them."

Mrs. Rep: "I did, but they drove me nuts. This morning I couldn't take it anymore. I called in sick for my husband, and told him I was going to work. He can deal with them."


OMDG said...

That's totally hilarious.

Theresa said...

I know exactly how she feels.

pharmacy chick said...

At least she is honest. I'd trust her judgement ANY day! LOL

Anonymous said...

invite her in for a diet coke

Anonymous said...

We have moms that come to the office and just hang out after picking up some things just to get a break. The best one was a family that stayed and just had lunch in our waiting room.

Mrs A said...

did she sell the queens square reflex hammer??!!

donna said...

When I was working, this happened all the time my kid(s) were sick, hubby not wanting to stay home.We were at the same point in prof careers, yet he pitched a fit!We, made same amount of money. At one point I did the same as above and ever after we split staying home.

BTW: both of my kids had chicken pox, son 3 daughter 3 months (not working at time). By end of week I was excited to go to the grocery store..anything would be golden.
He wanted me to take both with me.
As I walked out the door I placed the baby in his arms and left. Desparate times....

WV: bionine = days b4 I went crazy when kids had a biological.

Anonymous said...

Let me get this straight. This person works a full-time job (meaning: not a full-time homemaker desperate for a break & any adult conversation she can find) and yet, when given the opportunity, can't stand to spend a mere FIVE weekdays with her own children?

Try SIX YEARS! I worked full-time from my home office for six years while birthing & raising 3 kids. I worked during their naps, late at night, and on the weekends when their dad or grandma could entertain them. But when they were awake, and not entranced by Barney or some such creature, I was playing with them, reading to them, and teaching them skills such as writing and simple math. Often we would just strike out on an 'adventure' exploring the wilderness of our neighborhood, packing a picnic and discovering great spots to pick berries.

I am NOT Supermom by any stretch of the imagination. There were many times I thought I was losing my mind. And I did have slight concerns that child services would declare my home unsanitary for children because I chose to spend my time doing things with my kids and NOT cleaning. Meh, they lived. And probably have better immune systems because of the non-sterile environment they grew up in. ;-D

But the sort of thing that you describe never ceases to amaze me. Many people will go to extraordinary lengths to have children (sometimes spending $100,000 or more on fertility drugs & in-vitro) and then don't want to be around the very children they strived so hard to have. Why even have kids??? What is the point???

Someone please explain this to me.

~ Renee'

Aura said...

I regret all the times I palmed off the bedtime routine onto my partner. Because now my son is a teenager, he doesn't want anything to do with me ...

Mrs. Rep will probably regret it too... when it's too late.

But on her side: sometimes you just have to take what free time you believe is yours. Only the really good men will volunteer and it sounds like Mrs. Drug Rep wasn't waiting any longer!

Mallory said...


Not everyone is cut out to be a full-time parent.

Multiple school-age children with nothing to do for a week could get on anyone's nerves, and why should one parent bear the whole burden alone? Kudos to Mrs Rep for making Mr Rep do his bit.

Personally, I'm looking forward to being an aunt.

Liz said...

@Anonymous -

I know another friend who's like this - they love their kids, but some people are just NOT built for being full-time Mommies. It's not they don't want to be around their kids, it's just that they can't handle it full-time without going crazy. Some people are just like that.

I can sympathize - it would drive me bat-sh&t crazy insane. I love kids, but I have a limit. Thus, I don't plan to have any.

Anonymous said...

Lunchtime at the doctor's office? Ha,ha,ahhh. What happened to the used mustard and ketchup packets?

My mother brought her mending bag to catch up on when her oodles of children had their annual physicals or dental appointments, but we were not allowed to actually eat food in the waiting room... too many residual germs from other patients.

Anonymous said...

Renee - it's just different wiring. I love my kids dearly and spend tons of times doing things for them... but alas I hit overload as well... I only work part time, but am essentially a single parent - spouse works long, long hours.

I marvel at those parents that have 6 and 8 kids and wonder how they do it..

You never realize or know what it will be like to have them. You always imagine what it will be like, but real life is rarely like what you imagined.

What works for you, doesn't always work for someone else.
I hit overload and have to get out for a bit. :-)

Claire said...

I am so grateful that spring break is over on Monday. I love my kids, we have a great time (most of the time), but there is only so much "I DO IT MYSELF!" I can take on consecutive days. And they are chomping at the bit to go back to preschool, too. I don't flatter myself that I'm somehow more interesting than their friends & teachers.

WV: mersi - My cry after 8 days of all-kids-all-the-time.

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