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This is for Arwen … cheers!

September 27, 2007 | Ethics,Family,Journalism,Parenting,PR,Work,Working Mother


From the Working Mother October 2007 issue, “You’re Cut Off,” p. 104

One day last spring, Lorie Baker walked into her home office just outside Annapolis, Md., and logged on to her computer to catch up on a bit of work. As the mother of twin daughters and a director in the advisory practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (“I’m a type A person, and I work in a type A company”), she struggles to fit in everything she feels she needs to get done. So she’d often log in to the work system on her days off, stealing whatever moments she could.

On this occasion, as she stared at her computer screen, something unexpected happened. An official-looking pop-up appeared, beginning with this simple declaration: “It’s the weekend.” What happened next was nothing short of an aha experience.

“I actually asked myself, ‘What am I doing on my PC? Can’t this wait until Monday?'” Lorie recalls. She turned the computer off, gathered her girls — Allison and Amanda, 7 — and headed straight for the swing set at the park. “It really was a stark wake-up call that the weekends are so valuable,” she says.

Sure. It could happen.



But seriously. Do these “programs” elicit such a breathless, dewy-eyed response in real life? Really?

Posted by Becky @ 5:57 pm  

2 Responses to “This is for Arwen … cheers!”

  1. Arwen Says:

    I seriously doubt it.
    I am such a cynic.

  2. Rebecca Laffar-Smith Says:

    *groans* I’d be more inclined to respond, “Yeah, I know. You #!&*# have me working to make a Monday deadline, AGAIN!”

    Of course, my favorite ‘perk’ was “a diaper bag”! I bet it’s branded with the company logo too. *grimaces* Of all the things a new mother has to buy we’ll NOT buy a diaper bag we like because work is going to give us one? I don’t think so.

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