Monday, December 03, 2007

I usually am not one to feel sorry for my coworkers, but I am making an exception today. One of my coworkers is back at work today after 3 months of maternity leave and I can see it on her face that she's struggling. A couple times today I"ve seen her put her head in her hands, and I have seen her get up and walk around outside way more than usual. Her normally stoic facial expressions have been replaced by looks of worry and depression, and it sticks out like a sore thumb. Various members of my office have gone in there to make sure she's alright, but it really isn't helping. Not today at least. I've read articles and watched television programs on women who agonize about leaving their babies and coming to work for the first time since childbirth. Some women just snap out of their depression, and go to work just fine. Other women end up just staying home and never going back to work, but based on what i've seen, most women go back, but they struggle in the beginning. For 3 months or sometimes longer, they have been there with the baby looking after each and every thing that baby wants and needs. And then one day, you have to just up and drop the baby into the hands of someone else, can't possibly understand the nuances of what it take to take care of that baby I just can't imagine that, and before I leave today, I suppose I'll go in there and ask her how her day was.

2 comments:

lex said...

the softer side of Rashad :)

maxwellsmusze said...

awwwww that breaks my heart! poor thing. some people ease back into the office - part-time, but i suppose either way its got to be extremely hard.

cheer her up rashad.